SPAHN & SAIN and
PRAY FOR RAIN ...
The Braves take down the Red Sox, 4-1
March 31, 1948
... The Boston Braves defeated the Boston Red
Sox a score of 4 to 1 in the first game of Boston's "City Series".
Ernie White, once considered the top left-hander in the National
League, took another long stride along the comeback trail as he
retired nine straight batters in his three inning stint. He was far
and away the most impressive of the five hurlers employed by the two
clubs. The southpaw, who has done little or no pitching since 1942,
threw six balls in the first inning, four in the second and nine in
the third. Except for a long clout by Vern Stephens, that Tommy
Holmes hauled down in the second inning, the Braves were called upon
to give him nothing more than routine support.
White was pitted
against Ellis Kinder as the starters, and the Red Sox pitcher was touched for a
run in the second and two more in the fifth. He went seven innings and Denny
Galehouse mopped up for the Red Sox, and was tagged for a long home run by
rookie Clint Conaster in the eighth-inning.
Ed Wright and Clyde Shoun followed White and succeeded in squelching the Sox
with five hits, two by Ted Williams. Wright was responsible for the Red Sox only
run on Williams' triple and Jake Jones fly ball to left.
The Braves winning rally was sparked by successive triples from Alvin Dark
and Jim Russell. Earl Torgeson's sacrifice fly scored the other run. The Tribe
had scored in the second inning on Tommy Holmes' double and Connie Ryan's
single. In between these blows, Phil Masi was passed, but he eventually was
thrown out at the plate by Johnny Pesky, who made a fast play on a squeeze bunt
Ted Williams continued to favor of his throwing arm. The Braves scored a run
on which Russell scored after his triple on a sacrifice fly to left by Torgeson.
Any sort of good throw to the plate after Torgy's fly, would have nailed him.