THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

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

The Braves
lose their fourth straight

August 4, 1948 ... The Braves lost their third straight game to the Cincinnati Reds, 4 to 2. It was the Tribe's fourth straight loss. The St. Louis Cardinals moved to within four games.

Danny Litwhiler was again the culprit who injured the Braves chances. He was struck out twice by starter Bill Voiselle, and then came to bat in the eighth, with Johnny Wyrostek on base, and stroked a long home run over the left-field fence.

The Braves threatened again mildly in the eighth, when with one out, Bobby Sturgeon singled to left field and Al Lyons came to bat for Voiselle and popped out to Kluszewski. Mike McCormick drew a walk and the hope for a run died when Alvin Dark flew out to centerfield.

The Reds scored their other runs in the fifth in the sixth. Kluszewski lined a drive over the screen in right for the first run of the game and Wyrostek's double to center brought in another run the next inning.

Reds southpaw, Ken Raffensberger, had throttled the Braves for eight innings except for a home run by Bob Elliott, but when the first three men singled to open the ninth, he was removed in favor of Harry Gumbert. Raffensberger hadn't allowed a hit until the fifth inning when Elliott ripped a 3-2 pitch high over the right-field screen.

In the ninth, Clint Conaster tried to lay down a bunt but pushed it too hard to firstbaseman Ted Kluszewski, who threw out Elliott at third-base. Phil Masi then next promptly hit into a doubleplay that ended the game.

 

 
  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

 

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

0

 

 

4

9

0

 
 

BOSTON BRAVES

 

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

 

 

2

7

0

 

 

 

W

KEN RAFFENSBERGER (8-4)

 

2B

 

WYROSTEK (CINC)

 

L

BILL VOISELLE (11-9)

 

 

S

HARRY GUMBERT (13)  

3B

   
 

 

 

 

   

ATTENDANCE: 18,916

 

HR

 

KLUSZEWSKI (CINC), LITWHILER (CINC),
ELLIOTT (BOST)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Mike McCormick rf 3 0 0 .293  

 

Alvin Dark ss 4 0 0 .326  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 4 1 1 .254  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 2 .287  

 

Jim Russell ph 4 0 2 .265  

 

Sibby Sisti pr 0 0 0 .198  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 0 1 .284  

 

Phil Masi pr 4 0 0 .234  

 

Bobby Sturgeon 2b 3 0 1 .268  

 

Bill Voiselle p 2 0 0 .093  

 

Al Lyons ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .130  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Bill Voiselle 8 9 4 1 4  
  Red Barrett 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

56 42 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 51 45 4

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 49 44 4 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 50 46 5

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 46 45 6 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 48 49 7 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 44 55 12 1/2

 

 

Chicago Cubs 40 58 16