THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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The Dodgers get the Braves in the 11th

July 7, 1948 ... The Braves dropped their second extra inning decision in three days, when they and Warren Spahn were beaten 4 to 3 in the 11th inning by left-hander Preacher Roe of the Dodgers tonight, extending Brooklyn's winning streak to seven-games.

The 11th inning blowup started when Spahn issued his first free pass of the game to Carl Furillo with one man out. Immediately George Shuba straightened out a fast pitch, slashing the ball on a line over rightfielder Mike McCormick's head. Mike played the sharp rebound perfectly, holding Furillo on third-base. Spahn then walked Bruce Edwards intentionally to load the bases.

A moment later the game was ended abruptly when Roy Campanella sent a long fly out to Clint Conaster near the left-field grandstand. Conaster made the catch but there was no use to make an effort to head off Furillo, as he sprinted home with the game winning run.

It was an airtight game witnessed by 35,500 fans, Ebbets Field's largest crowd of the season. Now that the Dodgers have started to win a few games, the people who were staying at home, are falling all over each other to get into the park. Several thousand fans were turned away tonight.

The Dodgers scored first in the second inning on Bruce Edwards' left-field homer, but the Tribe came back in the third inning to tie the game when Earl Torgeson drove Al Dark home from first base with a deep triple to right-field. Torgy also knocked out a double against starter Ralph Branca in the fourth inning to score two more runs, giving the Braves a 3 to 1 lead at the time.

That lead would have been enough to win the game had not Dark, after a simple stop of a ground ball from Pee Wee Reese, not made a wild throw to first. Following that, Jackie Robinson slapped a scratch double between Dark and Elliott with runners on second and third. Furillo then poked a clean single to left to tie up the game at three apiece.

After inconsequential sparring for five more innings, Branca was replaced by preacher Roe and he held the Braves to just two widely separated singles during the remainder of the game. Spahn was equally effective, as between the sixth and the end of the game, he was hit only once.

It was the first defeat for the Braves in Brooklyn. They looked pretty tough at the plate all especially Torgeson. Holmes, Elliott, Russell and the two catchers went hitless.

 

at Ebbets Field (Brooklyn) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

3

5

1

BROOKLYN DODGERS

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

 

4

7

2

W-Preacher Roe (4-4)
L-Warren Spahn (7-6)
Attendance 35,500

2B-Torgeson (Bost), Robinson (Bkn)
3B-Torgeson (Bost)
HR-Edwards (Bkn)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 1 1 .323  

 

Al Dark ss 5 2 1 .318  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 2 .265  

 

Frank McCormick ph/1b 1 0 0 .190  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 0 .279  

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 0 0 .332  

 

Clint Conaster ph/lf 2 0 0 .214  

 

Jim Russell cf 5 0 1 .270  

 

Jeff Heath lf 2 0 0 .300  

 

Mike McCormick ph/rf 3 0 0 .318  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 0 .289  

 

Phil Masi ph/c 2 0 0 .236  

 

Warren Spahn p 3 0 0 .195  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 10.2 7 3 2 6  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

42 31 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 38 32 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 38 33 3

 

 

New York Giants 35 35 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 33 35 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 36 39 7

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 34 39 8

 

 

Chicago Cubs 30 42 11 1/2