THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

TOMMY HOLMES

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

Johnny Sain wins his 10th of the year

July 1, 1948 ... The Boston Braves squelched the New York Giants behind Johnny Sain, by a score 4 to 1 and pushed their lead in the National League pennant race to 2 1/2 games. It was Johnny Sain's 10th win of the year, making him the first pitcher in the National League to reach that goal. It was a four hit masterpiece that could as easily been a shutout. By winning 11 of their last 17 games in their own ballpark, the Tribe has opened up a lead which they feel good could be sufficient to win their first pennant since 1914.

It took a bases-loaded, three-run double by Tommy Holmes, to give the Braves their win. Although Sain pitched near perfect ball, for six innings Clint Hartung matched him pitch for pitch. Both teams scored a run in the early innings. The Giants were the first when Buddy Kerr hit a curveball in the direction of centerfield in the first inning. The ball fell in front of Jim Russell for a single and then Whitey Lockman drove a single to left, on a hit-and-run, that sent Kerr to third. He scored when Johnny Mize lofted a fly ball out to Russell for the sacrifice and a 1 to 0 lead. Sain shut the door on the Giants after that.

The tying Braves run required only one swing of Bob Elliott's big bat. He hit a fastball over the left-field fence for his sixth home run of the year to tie up the game in the second inning. The Braves and the Giants shut each other out until the seventh. Hartung walked Bill Salkeld to start. Al Dark sacrificed him over to second and Sain singled to left, moving Salkeld over to third. A pass to Eddie Stanky filled the bases and that was the set up for Holmes. Tommy teed off on the first pitch he saw and sent a screaming liner to centerfield for a double that cleared the bases, giving the Braves their 4-1 lead.

And midnight, the Braves left on a trip starting in Philadelphia. In their homestand the Braves picked up five full games on the Giants, with whom they were time before returning home.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

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R H E  
 

NEW YORK GIANTS

 

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

4

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

0

x

 

 

4

8

2

 

 

 

W

JOHNNY SAIN (10-5)

 

2B

 

HOLMES (BOST)

 

L

CLINT HARTUNG (4-5)

 

 

S

   

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 9643

 

HR

 

ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 3 1 1 .308  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 2 .355  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 0 .261  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 1 1 .276  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .298  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 0 .287  

 

Bill Salkeld c 2 1 0 .301  

 

Alvin Dark ss 1 0 1 .306  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 1 2 .255  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 4 1 3 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

38 27 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 35 29 2 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 34 29 3

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 34 33 5

 

 

New York Giants 32 31 5

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 27 34 9

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 29 37 9 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 28 37 10