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Johnny Sain wins his fifth in a row

June 19, 1948 ... Johnny Sain served up nine goose eggs over nine innings, to keep the Braves in first place in the red-hot scramble in the National League. Sain notched his fifth consecutive victory, by a 5 to 0 score over the Cincinnati Reds, as the Tribe won their fourth game in a row, to make it a happy Saturday night at Braves Field for 24,425 fans. The shutout was Johnny's third. He gave up six hits, as he recorded his eighth victory of the year. During his last five complete and winning games, Sain has held the opposing team to just four earned runs.

Right at the beginning of the game, the major league leader in home runs, Hank Sauer along with two other teammates, were thrown out of the game for disputing a couple of called strikeouts. After Frank Baumholtz and Stan Wyrostek singled, Grady Hatton was walked to load the bases. Up came Sauer and Sain had a three and two count on him. Then Sauer was given a curveball which he watched sail over the plate. Thinking it was a ball, he started for first but umpire Larry Goetz threw up his arms and called it a strikeout. Sauer erupted, got in the umpires face, and complained all the way back to the bench. There he kept his attack up on Goetz and was finally thrown out. At that point Ewell Blackwell took up the attack, and was ordered to join Sauer. The run scoring threat ended as Babe Young rolled into a doubleplay.

In the Braves half of the first inning, they scored a run on a base hit by Tommy Holmes around a couple of walks and a ground ball to short, that scored a runner. Opening the Reds second inning, Virgil Stallcup was waived out on strikes and some more comments were directed at the Goetz. He too was asked to leave the game, and that set off the entire Reds bench, until manager Johnny Neun ordered them back to their seats.

The commotion died out in the third inning when the Braves came to bat and added two runs. Earl Torgeson walked and took second on Bob Elliott's single, moving to third when Augie Galan fumbled the ball. Jim Russell singled to center to add two runs and make it 3 to 0. In the fifth inning, two more runs were added on a walk to Elliott, and singles by Jeff Heath and Jim Russell that scored Elliott. That brought in Walter Cress to pitch for the Reds and he immediately uncorked a wild pitch that moved up the runners. Russell scored when Alvin Dark hit a sacrifice fly and made the score 5 to 0.

Tonight's win was the fourth straight for the Braves and boosted their home record to the .500 mark, with 13 wins in 26 starts. Tommy Holmes had two hits to raise his average to .352. Earl Torgeson stole second base in the sixth inning, for the 12th time without being caught.

 

 
  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

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

6

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

x

 

 

5

8

0

 

 

 

W

JOHNNY SAIN (8-4)

 

2B

 

 

 

L

TOMMY HUGHES (0-3)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 24,425

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 1 .317  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 2 .352  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 1 1 0 .272  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 2 1 .275  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 1 1 .298  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 2 .293  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 0 0 .338  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .262  

 

Johnny Sain p 4 0 1 .231  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 6 0 2 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

32 22 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 31 22 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 29 24 2 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 28 25 3 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 26 29 6 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 23 28 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 24 32 9

 

 

Chicago Cubs 22 33 10 1/2