SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
The Braves get
to Curt Simmons early in Philly
July 2, 1948 ... The
Braves continued their league-leading pace by beating the 5th place
Philadelphia Phillies and the $65,000 bonus rookie, Curt Simmons, by
a 7 to 3 score in Philadelphia. Four fielding miscues behind Simmons
aided the Boston cause, but there was plenty of business done up at
the plate by the Tribe.
All three of the Phillies runs were scored
at the expense of Clyde Shoun, these coming in the third inning, with Boston
leading 2 to 0. Shoun was plucked for two singles, a double and a triple and
then was relieved by rookie Bobby Hogue, who did a great job in relief. In the 6
1/3 innings, Hogue was hit safely only twice. The Phillies did not see second
base and the two singles and an eighth inning walk to Richie Ashburn, provided
the only base runners he allowed.
The Braves scored with three two run innings and one single run tally. The
most important assault came in the fourth inning after the Phillies had gone out
in front by a score of 3 to 2.
In the fourth inning, a pass to Jim Russell, a hit by Phil Masi and a double
to right-field by Alvin Dark, that skipped away from Del Ennis, were the telling
blows. The sixth was a tough one for Simmons. First Bob Elliott got a life on an
error by Eddie Miller. With one out, Elliott scored from first base when Frank
McCormick lined ball was dropped by Ennis. Successive singles by Masi and Dark
brought McCormick around, sending the Braves into a 6 to 3 lead. Doubles by
Stanky and Mike McCormick accounted for the seventh run scored in the seventh
The Braves lost no time in getting into action against Simmons, right at the
start of the game. After two easy outs Mike McCormick slapped a line drive for a
single. There was a two and two count when Bob Elliott slammed the ball on a
line, into the left-field seats for a two run homer, his seventh of the year.
Young Hogue was a pretty cool customer. He turned in strikeouts against
Johnny Blatnik, Miller and Andy Seminick. Manager Billy Southworth was delighted
with the showing the young pitcher made. The night's victory put the Tribe even
in the eight games played with the Phillies this year, with two wins in each
Alvin Dark as been hitting like wildfire since June 12th, knocking out 22
hits in 46 at-bats for a .478 average. He's batting .304 for the season.