THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

NELS POTTER

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

The Cardinals jump on mistakes by the Braves

July 23, 1948 ... Johnny Sain's second attempt at his 13th win of the season was just as unlucky as his previous effort. Tonight, a couple of infield lapses let the Cardinals the score four runs in the third inning and chase Sain, in a 7 to 5 decision for Al Brazle, who staggered to his seventh win of the year. The setback cut the Braves lead over the Dodgers to 5 1/2 games.

The Cardinals belted Sain around for six hits and his many runs, during his 2 1/3 innings of work. St. Louis is the only club to knock Sain out of the box this year and they have done it three times. The Cardinals opened their scoring in the second inning with a walk, two singles and an infield out to gave Brazle a 2 to 0 lead.

Sain started a rally with two away in Boston's third, that tied the game. He doubled off the left-field fence and scored when Tommy Holmes got a base hit to center. A double by Alvin Dark put Holmes on third and he scored when Mike McCormick beat out an infield hit. Dark also tried to come home on the play by collided with Brazle about 20 feet from the plate and it was eventually caught in a rundown.

Following a walk to Stan Musial in the third, Enos Slaughter singled to left, as Musial held second. The disaster struck in full force when Whitey Kurowski hit a line drive down to Dark that he fired over Phil Masi's head, trying to cut off Musial at the plate. Slaughter took third and Kurowski walked into second. They both scored on Nippy Jones' single and that was it for Sain. Nels Potter came in and gave up scratch singles to Dell Rice and Ralph Lapointe, to bring in the fourth run, before Dark threw out Marty Marion to end the inning.

Down 6 to 2, the Braves got one back in the fourth on singles by Bob Elliott, Frank McCormick and Connie Ryan. They added another run in the eighth on a walk to Tommy Holmes and then an infield hit by Dark down to Jones. Jones threw the ball past Lapointe, but Holmes had broken for third late and was caught off second, but Lapointe's throw went into left field and Holmes was able to stay right there at second base. Mike McCormick next forced Holmes but the sacks were loaded when Kurowski made an error. Dark finally scored as Frank McCormick grounded out and Clint Conaster, who couldn't hit a ball out of the infield today, grounded out to end the rally.

Potter yielded a run in the eighth with two outs on three singles, making it 7 to 4. The Braves started off hot in the ninth on two singles by Masi and Ryan. The next two batters went out and Dark kept the Braves hopes alive by singling in Masi. But it ended when Mike McCormick popped out to Stan Musial in short right field.

The Cardinals now have six wins in eleven games over the Braves the season. The Braves had won four straight here before tonight, with Sain having recorded two of the victories. Alvin Dark has now hit safely in nine straight games and 32 of the last 33. Sain had pitched six complete games in succession, until he was chased out tonight. He has failed to finish only five games in 21 starts.

Jim Russell's temperature was down to normal and his tooth will be removed tomorrow when he goes back to Boston. Sibbi Sisti had a work out in his first day back with the club today, since being released from the hospital.

 

at Sportsmans Park (St. Louis) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

 

5

12

1

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

1

x

 

7

15

1

W-Al Brazle (7-5)
L-Johnny Sain (12-8)
Attendance 19,571


2B-Sain (Bost), Dark (Bost), Musial (StL)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 2 1 .322  

 

Alvin Dark ss 5 0 4 .333  

 

Mike McCormick cf 5 0 1 .291  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 1 .277  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 4 0 1 .227  

 

Clint Conaster lf 4 0 0 .221  

 

Phil Masi c 4 1 1 .243  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 4 0 2 .200  

 

Johnny Sain p 1 1 1 .227  

 

Nels Potter p 2 0 0 .375  

 

Bobby Sturgeon ph 1 0 0 .250  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Johnny Sain 2.1 6 4 2 0  

 

Nels Potter 5.2 9 1 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

51 35 -

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 44 39 5 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 44 40 6

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 43 41 7

 

 

New York Giants 42 41 7 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 42 46 10

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 39 48 12 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 36 51 15 1/2