THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

Sain loses a battle with Ostermueller

July 19, 1948 ... Frtiz Ostermueller completely baffled the orthodox swinging, power missing, Boston Braves lineup in the clutch, to come away with a 1 to 0 victory before a roaring 28,500 crowd at Forbes Field. The ex-Red Sox pitcher was helped to his sixth win of the year by Danny Murtaugh, who the Braves shipped the Pittsburgh last winter in the deal for Jim Russell. Murtaugh singled Ralph Kiner across with the winning run in the seventh inning against Johnny Sain. Ostermueller limited the Braves to seven singles and four walks in his pitching battle with the ace of the Braves staff, who ran into a series of misfortunes, as he sought out his 13th win of the year.

The single run came with two outs in the seventh when Ralph Kiner singled with one out. He took second on Dixie Walker's line drive to right and after Mike McCormick hauled down Ed Steven's long drive to right-center, Kiner raced to third. That paved the way for the winning run, when Murtaugh, who gathered seven hits in eleven trips to the plate during the series, had to be pitched carefully. Sain got the count to three and two and Danny fouled off two pitches. The next pitch was hit right back to Sain and the ball rolled away towards second for a single, allowing Kiner to score.

For seven innings Ostermueller had perfect control. He walked only one man and in an emergency was terrific. He left eight Boston runners on the bases in the first six innings. Once he had a lead, he grew somewhat wild. He walked Mike McCormick to open the eighth, and then Bob Elliott rolled into a doubleplay. In the ninth, Ostermueller walked Phil Masi and Connie Ryan's bunt moved him to second. But neither Sain nor Clint Conaster could bring him across.

The victory was Ostermueller's sixth against two defeats and ended a four-game Pittsburgh losing streak. It was his second shutout of the year. The Braves have been shutout twice by the Pirates this year. When Sain struck out Stan Rojek in the fifth inning it was his 75th strikeout of the year. The Braves and the Pirates are now tied at seven wins apiece for the season.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

 

0

7

1

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

x

 

1

10

0

W-Fritz Ostermueller (6-2)
L-Johnny Sain (12-7)
Attendance 28,115

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Clint Conaster lf 5 0 2 .234  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 1 .321  

 

Mike McCormick rf 3 0 0 .296  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 0 .275  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 3 0 2 .229  

 

Earl Torgeson pr/1b 0 0 0 .265  

 

Jim Russell cf 4 0 1 .271  

 

Phil Masi c 3 0 1 .242  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 3 0 0 .200  

 

Johnny Sain p 4 0 0 .215  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Johnny Sain 8 10 1 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

50 33 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 41 39 7 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 40 38 7 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 41 39 7 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 40 39 8

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 40 44 10 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 38 46 12 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 35 47 14 1/2