THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

EARL TORGESON

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

Torgy's hit wins it for Clyde Shoun

June 18, 1948 ... Clyde Shoun pinned a 5 to 4 defeat on the Cincinnati Reds tonight at Braves Field. It was his first start of the season after graduating from the bullpen last week. Faulty fielding put him in a jam in the third inning as the Reds scored twice, but it only meant that the Braves had to make another one of their dramatic comebacks.

Cincinnati had scored two runs in the third inning that gave them a 2 to 0 lead. A walk to Jim Elliott, a double by Jeff Heath and Jim Russell's fly to centerfield, gave the Braves one run back in the fourth inning.

They picked up three runs off starter Ewell Blackwell in the sixth. Blackwell had fanned eight in the first five innings with a nice wide sweeping curveball. But now the Braves and timed him and Tommy Holmes started the uprising with a single. He was sacrificed to second by Torgeson and after Elliott rolled out, Heath drew a walk. Holmes scored the tying run on Russell's single to left, and when Hank Sauer made a poor throw, it allowed Russell to go to second. With first base open, Bill Salkeld was purposely passed. Manager Billy Southworth then inserted Mike McCormick to hit for Sibbi Sisti and he lined a clean single to center, to drive home both Heath and Russell, giving the Braves a 4 to 2 lead.

The Reds tied it up in the seventh on a walk, a single by Johnny Wyrostek and Grady Hatton's triple off the centerfield fence. Earl Torgeson knocked in the winning run in the seventh inning. Eddie Stanky was the first batter to face Ken Peterson, who had come in to relieve Blackwell. After Peterson passed Stanky, he uncorked a wild pitch that moved him over to second. Tommy Holmes grounded out to short as Stanky took third. Then he scored as Torgeson slammed a single into right field that put the Braves up 5 to 4 with the final run.

All of the games played against the Reds have been close ones, with five being decided by a single run. Of these games the Braves have won four. By winning 12 of their last 15 games, the Braves are in first place by one half game over the Pirates.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CINCINNATI REDS

 

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

 

 

4

9

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

1

0

3

1

0

x

 

 

5

8

1

 

 

 

W

CLYDE SHOUN (3-0)

 

2B

 

HATTON (CINCI), STALLCUP (CINCI),
BLACKWELL (CINCI), HEATH (BOST)

 

L

KENT PETERSON (2-7)

 

 

S

   

3B

  HATTON (CINCI)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 30,759

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 1 1 .319  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 1 1 .351  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 2 .274  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 1 1 .272  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 1 .297  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 1 1 .289  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 3 0 0 .347  

 

Sibby Sisti ss 2 0 0 .188  

 

Mike McCormick ph 1 0 1 .299  

 

Alvin Dark ss 0 0 0 .271  

 

Clyde Shoun p 3 0 0 .091  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Clyde Shoun 9 9 3 2 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

31 22 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 30 22 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 1 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 27 25 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 26 28 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 23 27 6 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 24 31 8

 

 

Chicago Cubs 21 33 10 1/2