SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
Warren Spahn silences the Cardinals
August 25, 1948 ... The
Braves opened up more daylight on the rest of the National League
behind Warren Spahn's seven hit, 2 to 0 shutout over the Cardinals at
Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Spahn has come back to his form of
last year with a vengeance and but for only a harmless looking ground
ball, that leaped over the head of Cardinals' shortstop Marty Marion,
the game would have ended in a tie.
The fortunate break came in the
fifth inning when the Braves got their two runs off Howie Pollet, who
practically matched Spahn's performance pitch for pitch. Clint Conaster had
started the inning with a drive that bounced off Erv Dusak's glove at third-base
and rolled into foul territory, giving him a double. Then Phil Masi stepped up
to the plate and looked at a strike. Swinging the hardest he could at the next
pitch, the ball took a couple of hops toward Marion at shortstop and shot over
his left shoulder, skipping into centerfield and allowing Conaster to cross the
plate. Spahn tried to sacrifice Masi to second, but Pollet got to the ball and
threw Phil out. Tommy Holmes then singled to center and moved Spahn to second.
Al Dark came up and sliced a one hopper off Red Schoendinst's glove into right
field and Spahn scored the second Braves run.
The Cardinals threw some scares into Spahn, when in the third inning, they
loaded the bases with two out. Terry Moore on a three and one count, smashed a
long fly to left that looked like a home run, but ended up being caught by Mike
McCormick against the wall.
Nelson Potter and Johnny Sain were examined by the team doctor this morning.
Potter for his sore back and Sain after he had suffered a bruised hand, stopping
a line drive from Enos Slaughter. Potter will simply have to rest and probably
will be back in a couple of weeks. Sain and was all right and he was given the
okay to make his regular turn on the mound. Billy Southworth revealed that Jim
Russell would be released from the hospital in a week, but it is doubtful that
he will return to the team soon.