THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

BILLY SOUTHWORTH

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

Johnny Sain pitches a great game,
and the second game gets called
a tie after 13 innings

July 15, 1948 ... The Braves battled to a 1 to 1, 13 inning deadlock with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this afternoon, as plate umpire, Lou Jorda, called the second game of a doubleheader at 7:11 PM. Nelson Potter rescued Bill Voiselle in the ninth-inning and pitched brilliantly to keep the Braves' five-game winning streak alive.

In the first game, the Braves, behind Johnny Sain's 12th win of the year, picked up a half game on the second-place Pirates with a 2 to 1 victory. They are now six full strides ahead of the field in the National League.

Except for the seventh inning, when the Cubs scored their lone run, Sain was in charge all the way. He walked the leadoff batter for his only gift of the day, striking out five. The Braves got only five hits, but as usual Sain was brilliant in the clutch.

The game was settled in the very first inning. Cubs starter Ralph Hamner faced four batters and didn't retire anybody. He walked Tommy Holmes and Alvin Dark, and then Earl Torgeson lined a single to center to score Holmes. When Hamner walked Bob Elliott to load the bases, he was replaced by Emil Kush. On Kush's first pitch, Jeff Heath lined a smash to center that Hal Jeffcoat caught. Dark tagged up after the catch and Jeffcoat uncorked a terrific throw that almost nailed Dark, who had to make a last-second fadeaway slide to prevent being tagged out. That put the Braves up 2 to 0

The Cubs scored their run in the seventh and had Sain in a jam. Andy Pafko opened with a single and Phil Cavaretta smashed a triple to right-center. But Sain buckled down and got out the next two batters on a ground ball and a pop up.

Voiselle and Bob Rush, a 22-year-old right-hander, would have had shutouts in the second game, except for faulty defense. Rush was clipped for 11 base hits, including an infield By Dark, who had been hitless in his last nine times at bat. The Braves scored an unearned run in the third inning. Connie Ryan led off with a double and Voiselle hit one down to Gene Mauch, who tossed over to Pafko at third. Ryan was a dead duck, but Pafko dropped the ball after tagging him out. He then scored when Tommy Holmes grounded into a doubleplay.

The Cubs got that run back when Cavaretta stroked a long drive to left-field. Heath got his glove on the ball but dropped it for a double. Rube Walker brought in Cavaretta with a single to right, tying up the game, and there it stayed for 13 innings. It was the fifth extra inning game the Braves have played this year and they have yet to win one.

The 23 game hitting streak by Alvin Dark was terminated in the first game. After walking in the first inning, he flied out twice and grounded out twice.

 

at Wrigley Field (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

2

5

0

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

7

1

W-Johnny Sain (12-6)
L-Ralph Hamner (4-4)
Attendance 38,339


2B-Cavaretta (Chi), Pafko (Chi)
3B-Cavaretta (Chi)

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

11

2

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

9

2

 


2B-Ryan (Bost), Elliott (Bost), Cavaretta (Chi)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 3 1 1 .330  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 0 .327  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 2 0 1 .266  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 1 0 0 .276  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 1 .314  

 

Mike McCormick ph/lf 1 0 0 .313  

 

Jim Russell cf 3 0 0 .270  

 

Clint Conaster cf 1 0 1 .229  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 0 .239  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 0 1 .211  

 

Johnny Sain p 3 0 0 .233  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 9 7 1 1 5  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 6 0 1 .326  

 

Alvin Dark ss 6 0 1 .323  

 

Earl Torgeson rf 6 0 1 .264  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 5 0 2 .278  

 

Jeff Heath cf 5 0 1 .312  

 

Clint Conaster 1b 5 0 2 .245  

 

Phil Masi c 5 0 1 .238  

 

Connie Ryan ss 4 1 2 .230  

 

Bill Voiselle p 3 0 0 .070  

 

Nels Potter p 2 0 0 .273  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Bill Voiselle 8.1 6 1 3 4  

 

Nels Potter 4.2 3 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

47 31 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 40 36 6

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 39 37 7

 

 

New York Giants 37 38 8 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 36 37 8 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 37 41 10

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 37 42 10 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 33 44 13 1/2