THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EDDIE STANKY

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

Johnny Sain throttles the Cubs on six hits

June 15, 1948 ... Johnny Sain (7-4) won for the first time at home this year by defeating the Cubs, 6-3 at Braves Field.  He had a couple of worrisome moments but pulled out his seventh win and helped the Braves move in to a one game lead over the Giants.

Russ Meyer was the Cubs pitcher and was very wild, passing nine batters in less than four innings.  Sain only had some trouble in two innings, when Chicago touched for their six hits. Johnny had a great curve working for him and got out of trouble easily both times.

Eddie Stanky opened up the first inning by reaching second on an error by Hal Jeffcoat in center field.  He was knocked in by Tommy Holmes who reached second on the throw home. Meyers then walked three batters and forced in Holmes, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead.

In the third inning, Sibby Sisti beat out a hit to deep short with the bases loaded.  Jeff Heath's base hit after two more passes, loaded them up for Sibby and it gave the Braves a 3 to 1 advantage.  Manager Charlie Grimm left Meyers in the game, only to see him walk four more men in the fourth inning.

The Cubs scored another run in the sixth inning, but the Braves countered with two in the seventh.  Bill Salkeld walked and came home on a wild throw to first by Andy Pafko on Sibby's grounder. Johnny Sain singled Sisti in to make it 6 to 2.  The Cubs scored one more in the ninth on a wild throw by Tommy Holmes, but Sain got out of the trouble to preserve his first home win.

Eddie Stanky (.317 BA) knocked out three hits, but was replaced by Connie Ryan after an ankle injury in the eighth inning.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

   
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

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8

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R H E  
 

CHICAGO CUBS

 

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

 

 

3

6

2

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

2

0

1

1

0

0

2

0

x

 

 

6

10

3

 

 

 

W

JOHNNY SAIN (7-4)

 

2B

 

STANKY (BOST)

 

L

RUSS MEYER (5-6)

 

 

S

   

3B

  WAITKUS (CHI)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 24,124

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 3 .317  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 0 0 0 .189  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 1 .365  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 5 1 0 .267  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 1 1 0 .287  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 2 .293  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 0 0 .288  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 1 1 .357  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 4 1 2 .167  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 1 .229  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 6 1 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

28 21 -

 

 

New York Giants 27 22 1

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 27 22 1

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 27 23 1 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 26 26 3 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 22 25 5

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 23 29 6 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 19 31 9 1/2