THE BEST SEASON IN BOSTON'S BASEBALL HISTORY

SAIN, VOISELLE, SPAHN
& SOUTHWORTH

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

Sain wins his 24th, but Spahn gets KO'd

October 2, 1948 ... The Braves split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants, as Johnny Sain accounted for his 24th win, aided by Bill Voiselle, who pitched two innings of scoreless relief in a 2 to 1 victory. Warren Spahn was knocked out of the game for the third successive time in the opener, losing 8 to 2.

Sain chipped in with a vital RBI, as he singled in the second inning to score Phil Masi, who had reached with a single, followed by Al Lyons, who also got a base hit. Then in the fifth inning, after Lyons singled to open off Monte Kennedy, Sain dropped down a perfect bunt to move him up a base. After Eddie Stanky grounded out, Al Dark tripled to right to score Lyons, with what proved to be the winning run.

The Giants scored one run off Sain, but had Connie Ryan been more alert in the third inning, it might not have happened. Buddy Kerr opened the inning with a double down the third-base line and then pitcher Mel Webb laid down a sacrifice that Sain jumped on quickly, only to find third-base empty because Ryan had also come in from third base to get the ball leaving it open. Kerr then scored on Jack Lohrke's bloop single to center.

In the first game the Braves were able to jump out to a 1 to 0 lead in the second inning. Bob Elliott led off with a triple off Red Webb and scored on Clint Conaster's two base hit.

But Spahn was in trouble in the third inning. After walking Kerr to start off, he gave up two successive singles to Lohrke and Bobby Rhawn that tied up the game. After striking out Bobby Thomson, both Lohrke and Rhawn stole a base. Johnny Mize and got an intentional walk to load them up and Pete Milne singled through second base to score two more and put the Giants up 3 to 1.

Spahn's control problem continued the next inning when he walked Les Layton to start the inning. Two batters later Lohrke slammed a home run into the left-field stands, giving the Giants a 5 to 1 advantage.

The Giants added one more run in the sixth inning thanks to shaky defensive play. Spahn started the trouble himself by walking Kerr and then Webb hit a ground ball down to shortstop Bobby Sturgeon, who overthrew Earl Torgeson, letting Kerr get to third. Then Lohrke hit a grounder at Bob Elliott, that he bobbled, and Kerr scored the unearned run. Two more runs were added the next inning on three successive base hits and a double by Kerr, making it 8 to 1.

The Braves added a meaningless run in the eighth-inning as ark tripled to left-center and Marv Rickert singled him in.

 

at The Polo Grounds (New York) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

2

7

3

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

3

2

0

1

2

0

x

 

8

10

2

W-Red Webb (2-1)
L-Warren Spahn (15-12)
Attendance 8579


2B-Conaster (Bost), Kerr (NY)
3B-Elliott (Bost), Dark (Bost), Lohrke (NY)
 

 

Game #2 ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

   

 

2

6

1

NEW YORK GIANTS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

   

 

1

5

0

W-Johnny Sain (24-15)
S-Bill Voiselle (2)
L-Monte Kennedy (3-9)

2B-Kerr (NY)
3B-Mine (NY)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #1

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Tommy Holmes rf 4 0 1 .321  

 

Marv Rickert lf 4 0 1 .154  

 

Earl Torgeson 1b 3 0 0 .249  

 

Bob Elliott 3b 4 1 1 .282  

 

Red Barrett p 0 0 0 .179  

 

Bill Salkeld c 3 0 0 .245  

 

Paul Burris c 1 0 1 1.00  

 

Clint Conaster cf 4 0 2 .277  

 

Bobby Sturgeon ss 4 0 0 .221  

 

Sibby Sisti 2b 3 0 0 .242  

 

Warren Spahn p 2 0 0 .167  

 

Alvin Dark ph 1 1 1 .320  

 

Connie Ryan 3b 1 0 0 .218  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Warren Spahn 7 10 6 4 4  

 

Red Barrett 1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME #2

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Eddie Stanky 2b 4 0 0 .317  

 

Alvin Dark ss 3 0 2 .322  

 

Mike McCormick lf 2 0 0 .302  

 

Frank McCormick 1b 2 0 0 .251  

 

Clint Conaster cf 2 0 0 .275  

 

Connie Ryan 3b 3 0 0 .213  

 

Phil Masi c 3 1 1 .253  

 

Al Lyons rf 3 1 2 .200  

 

Johnny Sain p 1 0 1 .217  

 

Bill Voiselle p 1 0 0 .099  

 

             
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Johnny Sain 5 3 1 0 4  

 

Bill Voiselle 2 2 0 0 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1948 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

(*) BOSTON BRAVES

90 62 -

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 85 68 5 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Dodgers 84 69 6 1/2

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 83 70 7 1/2

 

 

New York Giants 78 75 12 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 65 88 25 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 63 89 27

 

 

Chicago Cubs 63 90 27 1/2

 

 

(*) Clinched National League Pennant