The Milwaukee Braves completed a 4-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the first series of this <a href=”https://apba-baseball.com/2018/08/23/opening-day-of-4-team-1954-tournament/”>24-game tournament</a>. Jim Wilson gave up just 3 hits in the 3-1 win.
It was the second tight game in a row. Gene Conley 5-hit the Indians in yesterday’s game, winning 3-2. Bob Lemon gave up only 4 hits, but one of them was a 2-run double to rookie Henry Aaron in the first. The Indian tied it up in the 4th on an Al Rosen 4-bagger, but Eddie Mathews put the Braves back in front with a dinger in the 8th.
In this game, the Indians made 4 errors! The errors cost them only one run, but the rest of Cleveland’s play seemed as bad. Fortunately, a string of Indian pitchers kept the Braves relatively shut down. Feller, Houtteman, Newhouser, and Mossi shared the duties. Bob Feller left injured with some sort of arm problem after 2 outs in the 3rd, and the other three left for pinch hitters through the course of the game.
The game was hitless through four, but Houtteman gave up two hits that were accompanied by two Cleveland errors. They were lucky to get out of the inning with 2 runs. Mathews doubled in a run in the top of the 8th, and Al Rosen matched the run with a solo blast in the bottom of the inning.
Wilson’s pitching was beautiful. He gave up three hits and a walk, but Al Smith was nailed stealing when Avila swung and missed on a hit and run, Mike Hegan grounded into a double play, and Dave Pope was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. As a result Cleveland only sent 28 batters to the plate, 1 over the minimum.
The New York Giants are also on the verge of a sweep of the Dodgers after crushing them 11-3 yesterday. Willie Mays came to the plate with runners on 1st and 2nd each of his first four trips to the plate! He homered on two of them, resulting in 6 RBI’s and giving him 9 ribbies in 3 games so far in the tournament. Al Dark and Whitey Lockman both hit their first home runs in the game, and Sal Maglie was the winner. The Giants had 16 hits and 5 walks, so more than 20 base runners in the game.