SPAHN & SAIN and PRAY FOR RAIN ...
look listless but come back
strong to split a doubleheader in Cincinnati
September 1, 1948 ... After
playing a lifeless game in the first half of the doubleheader, the
Braves came back to gain an even split with the Reds before 8000 fans
at Crosley Field. Johnny VanderMeer settled down after a first inning
scare, in the opening game, to win it 3 to 1. But the Braves finally
found their hitting bats and smashed for Reds hurlers, in the
nightcap, for an 11 to 1 win. Glenn Elliott, called up from the
Milwaukee club, was given credit for his first big-league start,
although he was removed from the second game after a collision at
first base, while attempting to beat out a bunt. Brooklyn's victory
over the Cubs kept the Braves a half game behind the Dodgers.
VanderMeer ran into considerable trouble right at the start of the first
game. He walked Tommy Holmes and Alvin Dark singled to left. After getting the
next two batters, VanderMeer saw Bob Elliott drive a liner out to Hank Sauer,
who ran after it and made a great backhanded catch that allowed Holmes to score.
Warren Spahn coasted along with the 1 to 0 lead for four innings, pitching
hitless ball. Then he gave up three singles and a run in the fifth and was
clouted even harder in the sixth, when the Reds got three singles and a home
run. Johnny Wyrostek smashed his 14th homer of the season into the right-field
bleachers, with one on, for the runs that won the game.
Ken Raffensberger started for Cincinnati in the nightcap. He retired only two
men as Dark singled, Mike McCormick tripled and Frank McCormick doubled, for two
runs. Then Herm Wehmeier was brought in and was greeted by a single by Clint
Conaster that scored the third run of the inning.
Glenn Elliott had a jittery first inning himself, with the Reds getting three
singles and a run, but he pitched well after that until he ran head-on into Ted
Kluszewski, after dragging a bunt toward second base.
Two singles and a double by Phil Masi, made it 6 to 1 in the fifth and a four
hit assault on Walker Cress, led by Earl Torgeson's 10th home run of the year,
made it 9 to 1 in the sixth inning. Ken Burkhart, the fourth Reds pitcher, had
little more luck than his predecessors in the eighth. Conaster and Masi singled
and Sisti was given a pass. Clyde Shoun lined a single to right that brought in
two more runs, making it 11 to 1.
Nelson Potter has not improved it all and he is not even throwing because of
his lame back. He is taking the treatments every day, but manager Southworth
doesn't expect to see him back for at least a couple of weeks.