THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

The Braves
can't put it together again

August 3, 1948 ... The Braves lost their second game to the Cincinnati Reds, 5 to 4, before 19,599 fans at Braves Field. With much of their power on the mend, and the remaining hitters capable of scoring only six runs in nine games, the Reds still had enough to drive Johnny Sain from the mound after three innings.

The Reds combined for seven hits and four runs before Nelson Potter was brought in. He forced the Reds to relax considerably for the rest of the game, although he slightly weakened in the eighth-inning, giving the Reds one more run.

A combination of Cincinnati pitchers, Herm Wehmeier and Randy Gumbert held the Braves to only five hits. The most forceful was a high fly ball over the right-field fence by Bill Salkeld, in the fourth inning, scoring Mike McCormick ahead of him. Outside of that home run, and doubles by Alvin Dark and Earl Torgeson in the first inning, Wehmeier pitched a fine game through eight innings.

Down 5-3, Tommy Holmes started the eighth-inning with a ground ball back to the mound that was Wehmeier deflected over the shortstop Virgil Stallcup. He couldn't handle the crazy bounce and made a desperate stab for it without success. Dark then singled out to left field and Holmes moved over to second base and was replaced by Sibbi Sisti as a pinch runner. At that point manager Johnny Neun brought in Gumbert to pitch. Torgeson made the obvious move of sacrificing the men along, but the best of Bob Elliott could do, was hit a slow ground ball that allowed Sisti to score and kept Dark at second base. Jeff Heath ended the threat by grounding out to Stallcup.

Cincinnati jumped out to a quick two run lead in the first inning and except for a fine catch by Mike McCormick over his head, it could've been worse. Clyde Corbitt followed the great catch with a single to left, but was forced at second by Johnny Wyrostek. Then Danny Litwhiler singled to left and was soon crossing the plate on a triple by Ted Kluszewski on a ball that bounced off the centerfield screen.

Up 2 to 1, Cincinnati aided by a base on balls, two singles and a double drove Sain out of the game and scored two more runs in the third. Then Potter came in and did a fine job.

The left ankle of Clint Conaster was still badly swollen and it will be a few more days before he will be able to come back in the lineup.

 

 
  B R A V E S   F I E L D 

 

 

 

 
 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R H E  
 

CINCINNATI REDS

 

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

5

9

1

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

4

5

0

 

 

 

W

HERM WEHMEIER (8-6)

 

2B

 

KLUSZEWSKI (CINC), HATTON (CINC),
DARK (BOST), TORGESON (BOST)

 

L

JOHNNY SAIN (13-10)

 

 

S

HARRY GUMBERT (12)  

3B

  KLUSZEWSKI (CINC)
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 31,841

 

HR

 

SALKELD (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .317  

 

Sibby Sisti pr 0 1 0 .198  

 

Al Lyons rf 0 0 0 .000  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 1 2 .330  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 1 .254  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 3 0 0 .284  

 

Jeff Heath lf 4 0 0 .302  

 

Mike McCormick cf 2 1 0 .299  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 1 1 .285  

 

Phil Masi pr 0 0 0 .238  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 2 0 0 .263  

 

Jim Russell ph 1 0 0 .262  

 

Connie Ryan 2b 1 0 0 .211  

 

Johnny Sain p 1 0 0 .205  

 

Nels Potter p 2 0 0 .391  

 

Clint Conaster ph 1 0 0 .286  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Johnny Sain 3 7 4 2 1  
  Nels Potter 6 2 1 1 4  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

56 41 -

 

 

New York Giants 50 44 4 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 49 45 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 48 44 5 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 46 45 7

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 48 49 8

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 43 55 13 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 40 57 16