THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILL SALKELD

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

The Braves crush the Cardinals, 10 to 2

June 10, 1948 ... Only one half game separated the Boston Braves from first place, when they recorded their fifth straight road victory, 10 to 2, over the St. Louis Cardinals at Sportsman's Park. Johnny Sain put down the Cardinals on seven hits and the Braves moved into second place where they trail the Giants by one half game.

Bob Elliott ended a long slump by crashing out four hits and drawing a walk. His fourth home run of the year chased out one St. Louis pitcher and his third inning double sent another one to the showers.

Sain chalked up his sixth consecutive road victory of the season. Only one of the two Cardinals runs was earned. That was Stan Musial's 13th Homer of the year in the fifth inning.

The Braves jumped out to a quick lead as Eddie Stanky opened up the game with a double and scored on Earl Torgeson single. Elliott then unloaded on a three and two pitch by starter Murry Dickson. It soaring far up until the left-field bleachers just underneath the huge scoreboard.

Bill Salkeld stroked his third homer of the year to open the second inning against the second Cardinals pitcher Ted Wilks. Then in the third inning the Braves battered Ken Burkhart for three more runs. Tommy Holmes beat out a tap over Burkhart's head and Torgeson cracked out a triple to centerfield to score him. Torgy came home on Elliott's two bagger and Bob scored on a single by Salkeld, making the score 7 to 1.

It was no contest thereafter. Sain was hit safely four times in the first two innings, but over the last seven he was invincible. He gave up three more hits over the final seven innings, two of them being infield taps. The third was Musial's fifth inning homer. He fanned eight men, his top for the season. He walked two batters and retired 12 men in order from the fifth to the ninth-inning.

The Braves stretched their winning streak to a new high for the year. They have won seven and lost two on the road trip. Sain has won three of the seven games that they Braves have won on the road.

 

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

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

3

1

3

0

1

1

1

0

0

 

10

17

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

 

2

7

1

W-Johnny Sain (6-4)
L-Murry Dickson (4-3)
Attendance 13,388

2B-Stanky (2)(Bost), Elliott (Bost), Russell (Bost)
3B-Torgeson (Bost)
HR-Elliott (Bost), Salked (Bost), Musial (StL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 5 1 3 .289  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 1 .370  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 2 3 .284  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 3 4 .294  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 0 0 .287  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 1 1 .281  

 

Bill Salkeld c 5 1 3 .355  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 4 0 1 .122  

 

Johnny Sain p 4 1 1 .219  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 7 1 2 8  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 25 19 -

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

24 19 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 25 20 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 25 20 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 25 23 2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 20 24 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 20 26 6

 

 

Chicago Cubs 17 30 9 1/2