SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
Dark lead the Braves over the Bucs
June 25, 1948 ... The
Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and southpaw Fritz Ostermueller,
by a score of 12 to 3, to keep them in the lead of the National
League race. Ostermueller, who once played for the Red Sox, lasted
only three innings as he sought his fourth win of the year. He gave
up four runs including home runs by Jim Russell and Tommy Holmes.
Russell's blast hit the top of the high left-field scoreboard in the second
inning, with Mike McCormick on base, to give the Braves a 2 to 0 lead. Holmes
homered in the following inning and McCormick's double drove in Earl Torgeson,
who had walked, to up the score to 4 to 0.
The Pirates reached second base in each of the first two innings but couldn't
score. But in the fourth inning, Warren Spahn gave up two free passes, and one
run was scored on a double by Joe Bockman. Ostermueller was taken out in the
fourth, in favor of Elmer Singleton, who pitched for the Tribe and Casey Stengel
before World War II. Doubles by Spahn and Eddie Stanky netted a run in the
fourth inning, and Singleton was blasted from the mound in the sixth when Alvin
Dark socked his first home run of the year, with a runner aboard, to send the
Tribe out in front 8 to 1. The biggest blowup came in the sixth inning, in which
five hits, three passes and an error accounted for seven runs against Singleton
and his successor, Hal Gregg.