SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
sweep the Phillies
July 11, 1948 ... Sparked
by Connie Ryan, filling in for the injured Eddie Stanky, the Braves
defeated the Phillies 9 to 4 and swept the three-game series at
Braves Field today. Te Tribe now finds themselves 5 1/2 games ahead
of the 2nd place, Pirates and six full games ahead of the St. Louis
Cardinals. The Braves have been in first place since June 11th,
took the combined efforts of starter Warren Spahn and relievers Bobby Hogue and
Nelson Potter to defeat Philadelphia, aided by a 14 hit attack on a quartet of
Philly pitchers. Jeff Heath smacked his eighth home run of the year off starter
Blix Donnelly to ignite a four-run Boston second inning, while Alvin Dark
connected twice running his consecutive game hitting streak to 23, tying Richie
Ashburn's earlier mark.
The Braves enjoyed a 4 to 2 lead going into the fifth inning when the
Phillies tied up the game off starter Warren Spahn. But the Braves answered with
three runs off schoolboy Rowe in the Braves half of the fifth that won them the
Down 2 to 0, the Braves came up with four in the second inning as Jeff Heath
homered half way up the Jury Box to start the inning and Jim Russell's single
and Connie Ryan's double followed. Ryan held second as Spahn got an infield hit
and Connie scored on Tommy Holmes single to right. With Spahn on third, Holmes
stole second unmolested. At this point Phillies manager, Chapman called in
rookie southpaw Curt Simmons. Al Dark was then passed intentionally and Spahn
scored on Earl Torgeson's fly ball.
After the Phillies tied up the game in the fifth, the Braves teed off on
Schoolboy Rowe in the fifth with Bob Elliott's double, Jim Russell's triple,
Bill Salkeld's double and Connie Ryan's solid single that gave the Braves a 7 to
4 lead. The Braves picked up single runs again in the seventh and eighth
innings, to claim a 9 to 4 victory as they headed into the All-Star break.
Jim Russell enjoyed one of his best days, as he singled, doubled, tripled and
drew a walk to come out of a batting slump.