THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

CLINT CONASTER

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

Clint Conaster helps Sain win his ninth

June 27, 1948 ... The Braves protected their first place lead with a 9 to 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 17,648 happy fans at Braves Field. Clint Conaster, who escaped minor league serfdom, when he was drafted from Buffalo last winter, knocked in three runs to help Johnny Sain notched his ninth victory of the season. Sain kept eight hits, by the Pirates, while scattered.

Conaster knocked home the winning run in the second inning as Bob Elliott started it off with a single, Jim Russell was passed, and after a sacrifice bunt, Conaster drilled a two run single that gave the Braves a 2 to 0 lead. Two walks and a single by Russell gave the Braves another run in the third and that chased Pirates starter, Vic Lombardi.

The Pirates brought in Kirby Higbe who watched his outfielders drop fly balls for extra base hits. This happened in the fifth inning when the Braves scored four runs. Tommy Holmes opened the inning with a single and after two strikeouts, Higbe walked Russell. Phil Masi lofted a fly ball to right-center that fell for a double and scored two runs. He came home courtesy of Conaster, who knocked out another base hit. Then Alvin Dark hit a fly ball to right-center that dropped for a triple.

In the sixth inning Sain lost a shutout, but the Braves got one in the bottom of the six and one in the bottom of the seventh, to make the score 9 to 1. Sain walked five batters and only struck out one.

The Braves have the day off tomorrow and in taken nine of the 14 games played. They came home tie for first place with the Giants and now are happen game up over the Cardinals.

Sibbi Sisti has greatly improved and may be release from Saint Elizabeth's hospital today. Mike McCormick, who is nursing a sore leg will be available for emergency duty during the Giants series.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

 

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

1

8

2

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

2

1

0

4

1

1

0

x

 

 

9

12

1

 

 

 

W

JOHNNY SAIN (9-5)

 

2B

 

HOPP (PITT), MASI (BOST)

 

L

VIC LOMBARDI (3-6)

 

 

S

   

3B

  STEVENS (PITT), DARK (BOST)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 17,648

 

HR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 2 0 .307  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 1 3 .349  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 0 0 .272  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 1 2 .274  

 

Jim Russell cf 2 2 1 .291  

 

Phil Masi c 3 2 2 .246  

 

Clint Conaster lf 3 1 2 .219  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 2 .296  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 0 .227  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 8 1 5 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

36 26 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 35 26 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 33 28 2 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 31 29 4

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 31 33 6

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 27 31 7

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 28 36 9

 

 

Chicago Cubs 25 37 11