THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

JOHNNY SAIN

BOSTON BRAVES ...
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...

Johnny Sain shuts out the Cubs
and knocks in the only run

June 6, 1948 ... Johnny Sain got his fifth consecutive game at different ballpark, as he put down the Chicago Cubs with four hits with a 1 to 0 victory at Wrigley Field. To add to his resume, he drove in the only run of the game, a tense battle with Russ Meyer. He made several brilliant fielding plays and is the first Braves pitcher to reach the five game victory mark so far. It was his second shutout of the year and each of his five wins has a been registered in a different ballpark, but none back home.

That single run of the game was recorded in the fifth inning as Jim Russell got on base with a scratch single and was sacrificed to second by Bill Salkeld. He took off to third as Sibbi Sisti rolled out to short, and Sain scored him with a clean single over second base.

After the Braves scored in the fifth inning, the toughest situation that Sain had to face, happened in the fifth inning. Bob Elliott started the trouble by fumbling an easy ground ball. Roy Smalley rolled one down the Sibbi Sisti who picked it up cleanly and made a perfect throw to Bobby Sturgeon with what should've been a routine doubleplay, but Sturgeon didn't touch the bag. Instead of having two men out and nobody on there were two Cubs on base with nobody out.

Russ Meyer laid down a sacrifice bunt and Earl Torgeson charged in and slid, doing well to fire the ball to Sturgeon, covering first for the out. Henry Schenz was up next, with runners on second and third. He slashed a low hot shot straight at the Sain, who stuck his glove down and just ticked the ball. The carom struck his leg and stayed on the mound, so Johnny was able to make the throw to first. The Cubs runner, Clarence Maddern, stayed on third, but Roy Smalley took off for the occupied bag. Torgeson spotted Smalley making his break and threw the ball over to Sisti. At that moment Maddern broke for the plate. A perfect throw by Sisti over to Salkeld nailed him trying to score the potential tying run.

The Braves have now won all four games played with the Cubs this season. In fact, the Cubs have not scored a run against the Braves in two games here. The Braves road record on their current western tour, is three wins and two losses. They slipped back in the fourth place as the Phillies lost a doubleheader to the Cardinals.

Tommy Holmes was back in the lineup and continued his batting streak, of 17 straight games, in his first at-bat, knocking a single between short and third into left field

 

at Wrigley Field (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

1

6

3

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

4

2

W-Johnny Sain (5-4)
L-Russ Meyer (4-5)
Attendance 12,764

2B-Holmes (Bost), Heath (Bost), Sturgeon (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 4 0 1 .250  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .381  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 1 .287  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 0 0 .269  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 1 .308  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 1 1 .260  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 0 0 .333  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 4 0 0 .091  

 

Johnny Sain p 4 0 1 .214  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 4 0 3 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 24 17 -

 

 

New York Giants 23 17 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 23 19 1 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

20 19 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 23 22 3

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 19 22 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 20 24 5 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 15 27 9 1/2