THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

T
he Cubs keep the Braves down, 4-1

July 17, 1948 ... The Braves couldn't come through in the clutch today with timely hits in Chicago and the Cubs ended their six-game winning streak, 4 to 1, as Ralph Hamner issued eight walks but gave up only four hits to Boston. The loss, however, did not cut into the Tribe's 6 1/2 game lead over the Pirates, who were toppled by the Giants.

Warren Spahn matched Hamner for three innings, but the three runs in the fourth gave the Cubs a lead they would not relinquish. Spahn again was knocked out of the box, as Andy Pafko's home run in the three-run fourth started his downfall. Pafko came to bat with two outs and nobody on base and gave the Cubs a life. He lashed a vicious drive into the left-field section of the bleachers for his 15th home run of the year. Spahn matched Hamner for three innings, but the three runs in the fourth gave the Cubs a lead they would not relinquish. Spahn next gave up a single to Bill Nicholson and walked Hal Jeffcoat. Then Bob Scheffing lofted one into right-center that fell for a double between Tommy Holmes and Clint Conaster. Two runners scored to give the Cubs a 3 to 0 lead.

Although the Braves had several scoring opportunities, they couldn't fathom Hamner's slow assortment of curveballs in the clutches. They managed to score a run by means of Hamner's generosity, as he walked four in the sixth inning. A pass to Connie Ryan forced Bob Elliott home with the Braves only run.

The Cubs final run was at the expense of reliever Al Lyons, who made his first appearance since being recalled from Milwaukee. He pitched well for two innings and then lost it when Charley Schenz poked a double into right-center. He scored when Eddie Waitkus drilled a hot shot past Earl Torgeson. Clyde Shoun then came to the mound and set down the last pair of Cubs batters to prevent any further scores.

It was only the second Cubs win in 13 complete games with the Braves this year. Bob Elliott was passed two times today, raising his total of walks by Cubs pitchers to 25. Elliott is the leader in walks for the Braves team.

 

at Wrigley Field (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

1

4

0

CHICAGO CUBS

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1

x

 

4

6

0

W-Ralph Hamner (5-4)
L-Warren Spahn (7-7)
Attendance 19,166

2B-Scheffing (Chi), Schenz (Chi)
HR-Pafko (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 5 0 2 .329  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 1 .326  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 0 .265  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 2 1 1 .278  

 

Jeff Heath lf 3 0 0 .307  

 

Clint Conaster cf 1 0 0 .220  

 

Jim Russell ph/cf 1 0 0 .269  

 

Phil Masi c 4 0 0 .245  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 3 0 0 .212  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 0 0 .200  

 

Frank McCormick ph 1 0 0 .209  

 

Al Lyons p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Clyde Shoun p 0 0 0 .176  

 

Bill Salkeld ph 0 0 0 .277  

 

Bobby Sturgeon pr 0 0 0 .259  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Warren Spahn 5 4 3 1 2  

 

Al Lyons 2.1 2 1 2 1  
  Clyde Shoun 0.2 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

48 32 -

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 40 37 6 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 40 38 7

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 39 37 7

 

 

New York Giants 38 38 8

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 38 43 10 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 37 44 11 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 34 45 13 1/2