BOB ELLIOTT & TOMMY HOLMES
SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
The Dodgers knock off the Braves
August 13, 1948
... The Braves were bumped off by the Dodgers,
6 to 3, at Braves Field, as the local leaders had their National
League advantage reduced to three games. It was the Dodgers fourth
win in ten starts against the Braves, with Brooklyn starter, Preacher
Roe winning three of them. The Dodgers and the Pirates each picked up
a game on the Braves, but the Cardinals stayed where they were,
losing to the Giants.
Bob Elliott provided the Braves with the
punch, driving in all the runs. He sent Bill Voiselle off to a flying two run
lead in the opening inning, when took a Roe fastball over the centerfield fence
with Earl Torgeson aboard. It was his 17th homer, a tremendous ball up that
sailed out of the park about 400 feet from the plate. Then he chased home Al
Dark in the eighth-inning with the final runs, that helped drive Roe out of the
game. But a pair of three run Dodger splurges, enabled them to square the
five-game series at a victory each.
Voiselle hung on to his 2 to 0 lead until the fourth inning. Duke Snider
opened it up with a triple down the left-field line and Reese hit his sixth home
run of the year, a high fly ball that cleared the fence in left. That tied it up
for the moment, as Voiselle went on to get out the next two hitters easily.
However the deadlock was dissolved when both Eddie Miksis and Roe singled and
Marv Rackley drove one into centerfield to put the visitors out in front for
Their lead grew to a 6 to 2 game in the sixth inning when, with two out and
two on, Rackley dropped a single into short left and Jackie Robinson zipped one
into centerfield for the two final runs.
Dark tried to get the Braves back in the game with a double off the
left-field fence in the eighth and Elliott slammed a single to center that
scored him. Mike McCormick kept the rally alive with a hotshot to right and Hank
Behrman was then called in to quell the uprising. Behrman snuffed out the
promising Braves rally when Phil Masi hit a curveball down to Pee Wee Reese for
the inning ending double play.
After the game Jim Russell left for his home in Fayette City, Pennsylvania
where he will recover from his general rundown condition, and try to regain all
the weight he lost while in the hospital. It is hoped he will rejoin the team
when they get to Pittsburgh in two weeks