SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
Harry Brecheen and Stan Musial beat the Braves
June 22, 1948 ... Harry
Brecheen allowed the Braves only eight scattered hits and his
dangerous bat started a three-run rally in the ninth-inning, that
gave the Cardinals a 5 to 2 victory, reducing the Braves lead over
them to 1 1/2 games and only one game over the Pirates. Stan Musial,
the National League's leading batter, went five for five and boosted
his average to .405, knocking in two runs in the ninth, to shatter
the 2 to 2 deadlock and clinch the contest.
Up until the ninth-inning it was a close pitching duel between Brecheen and
the Braves' Bill Voiselle. But in the final inning, a mental lapse by the Braves
pitcher, started the downfall. Brecheen, himself, singled to left center for his
second hit of the night. Red Schoendinst drove one between first and second that
Earl Torgeson was able to snare, but he was not able to get it out of his glove
to get Brecheen at second for the force. So Torgy turned to throw to first, but
there was nobody there, as Voiselle was still standing on the pitchers mound,
watching the play. That put men on first and second with only one out. Marty
Marion then walked to fill the bases and that was it for Voiselle.
With the left-handed Musial coming to bat, manager Billy Southworth called in
his southpaw, Clyde Shoun. But he was no puzzle to Musial, who singled to center
to score two runs. Enos Slaughter followed with another hit that scored Marion
with the third run of the inning. That was it for Shoun, as Bobby Hogue came in
to put out the fire.
The Cardinals a grabbed an early 1 to 0 lead in the second, but the Braves
bounced back to take the lead 2 to 1 in the third. Tommy Holmes doubled to
center and scored on Bob Elliott's double to right-center. Mike McCormick sent
Elliott across with a single over second. The Cardinals came back in the fifth
to tie it up, setting the stage for the ninth-inning. Brecheen didn't walk a man
and struck out three.