THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

MASI & ELLIOTT

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

The Braves win again in St. Louis

June 9, 1948 ... For the 10th time in 14 starts, the Braves won a baseball game in St. Louis. They walloped the Cardinals by an 11 to 5 score, to climb within a game and a half of first place in the National League. Fourteen hits bounced off the Braves bats tonight, along with four St. Louis errors and seven free passes handed out by the Cardinals pitchers, allowing the Braves plenty of scoring opportunities.

The Braves spotted the Cardinals a run in the very first inning but they bounced back in the second to pile up six runs of their own and chased starter Howie Pollett. Warren Spahn, who was a bit spotty throughout the game, managed to last for his fifth win. He also knocked out of an important second inning single that tied up the game.

Jim Russell was again the big run producer for the tribe. He knocked in three runners, giving him 18 RBIs for the a games played on this trip. Jeff Heath broke a record for reaching safely nine times in a row in sportsman's Park this season.

Six runs in the Boston second inning was opened up with a double off the bat of Phil Masi. It was the first of his three hits in the game. After Sibbi Sisti grounded out, Spahn knocked in Masi with the first run. That brought up Eddie Stanky, who beat out a ground ball to second. It was the first of his four base hits during the afternoon. A walk to Tommy Holmes loaded up the bases for Earl Torgeson. Torgy bashed out another clean single to center that scored both Spahn and Stanky. Bob Elliott grounded out as the two Boston base runners moved up a base.

The Cardinals decided to pitch to Jim Russell even with first base open. He hung one on a line to right-field that scored Holmes and Torgeson. Enos Slaughter, who knocked in four of the five Cardinal runs, had a tough time with Russell's line drive and allowed it to get by him, as Jeff Heath hustled across for the sixth run of the inning.

Russell also produce the final two Braves tallies of the game. With the bases loaded, Russell came up and drove a hot single to center to score Tommy Holmes and Earl Torgeson in the eighth-inning.

Warren Spahn pitched brilliantly for seven innings, but lost some strength in the eighth and ninth. He permitted six hits and four more runs, but had the stuff in the ninth to get out of trouble.

The Braves four-game winning streak is their best so far this season. This is the third series of the season between the Cardinals and the Braves and the Braves have won the opening game each time.

 

at Sportsman's Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

6

0

0

0

2

1

2

0

 

11

15

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

 

5

11

4

W-Warren Spahn (5-3)
L-Howie Pollet (4-3)
Attendance 14,234

2B-Masi (2)(Bost), Stanky (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 6 2 4 .276  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 3 2 .376  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 2 2 .272  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 0 0 .273  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 1 0 .294  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 1 3 .284  

 

Phil Masi c 5 1 3 .250  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 5 0 0 .111  

 

Warren Spahn p 3 1 1 .154  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 9 11 4 5 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 25 18 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 25 19 1/2

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

23 19 1 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 24 20 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 25 23 2 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 20 23 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 20 26 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 16 30 10 1/2