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June 30, 2007

Braves Sweep Doubleheader Over Pirates to Extend Winning Streak to Six Games

by @ 3:03 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 30, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 7, Pirates 4  (41-29)

The Braves made it five straight as they won the first game of a doubleheader with the Pirates.  Hank Aaron hit homerun number 22 with a solo shot in the first inning.  Carl Sawatski also had a nice game and he went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.  The Braves big inning was the eighth in which they scored five runs to break a 2-2 tie.

Bob Trowbridge gave up two runs in seven innings but he didn’t get the decision because he left the game tied.  Ernie Johnson improved to 4-1 and he gave up two runs in two innings of relief.

June 30, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 6, Pirates 5  (42-29)

The Braves finished off June on a winning note as they rattled off their sixth straigth win as they completed a doubleheader sweep over the Pirates.  Hank Aaron once again led the way and he went four for six with homerun number 23, two RBIs and two runs.  Felix Mantilla went three for five with a two run homer.  The game winner was a two run homer in the bottom of the thirteenth inning by Eddie Mathews.

Dave Jolly picked up his first win of the season despite giving up the go ahead run in the top of the thirteenth inning.  Taylor Phillips gave up four runs in his eight inning start.

June 29, 2007

Hank Aaron Belts 21st Homerun In Braves Blowout Win

by @ 2:58 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 29, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 13, Pirates 6  (40-29)

Just about every Braves hitter made a contribution their fourth straight win but Hank Aaron was a notch above the rest as the Braves blewout the Pirates in their series opener.  Aaron went two for four with his 21st homerun, three RBIs and two runs.  Eddie Mathews had a team high three hits, one of which was his 15th homer, and he scored twice.

Lew Burdette had a rough start and he gave up six runs in five innings.  The pen and the hitters picked him up though and it was Juan Pizarro who picked up the win.  He gave up just three hits in 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief.

June 28, 2007

Warren Spahn Bounces Back For Braves Third Straight Win

by @ 1:11 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 28, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 4, Dodgers 2  (39-29)

Warren Spahn bounced back from a tough start his last time out to hold the Dodgers in check for the Braves third straight win.  He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts in the complete game win.  The solid outing improved his record to 8-5 on the season.

Spahn helped out his own cause with a solo homer in the fifth inning.  Del Crandall had a nice game and he went two for three with three RBIs. 

June 27, 2007

Bob Buhl Outpitches Don Drysdale In Braves Win

by @ 1:08 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 27, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 2, Dodgers 1  (38-29)

Bob Buhl threw a gem of a game as he ended up on the better of a 2-1 pitcher’s duel with Dodgers starter Don Drysdale.  Buhl gave up one run on four hits and six walks with six strikeouts in the complete game.  The win pushed his record to 9-2 on the season.

Hank Aaron had the big hit of the game.  His two run triple in the eighth inning broke a score less tie and the Braves turned out to need both of those runs.  Frank Torre was the only Braves hitter with two hits in the game.

June 26, 2007

Eddie Mathews Homers Twice, Drives In Five In Braves Win Over Dodgers

by @ 1:03 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 26, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 13, Dodgers 9  (37-29)

Eddie Mathews had a huge day at the plate as the Braves ended their two game skid with a dramatic comeback that saw the Braves scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Mathews went three for five with two homeruns, five RBIs and three runs.  The two homers brought his season total up to 14 on the season.  Hank Aaron went two four with a solo homerun and three runs.  The homer was his 20th of the season.

Gene Conley picked up his first win of the season although he was hardly spectacular.  He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings of relief.  Dave Jolly threw a shutout ninth and he picked up his first save of the season.

June 25, 2007

Braves Continue Slide With Sweep in Detroit

by @ 5:49 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

One run.  One stinking run is all the Braves managed to score during their five game losing streak that’s now pushed them into third place in the NL East.  The lone run came on a solo homer by Chipper Jones in the middle game of the Tigers series.  Outside of that, it’s been four shutouts.  And the problems continue because while the Braves have the lead tonight against the Nationals, they’ve only scored one run into the sixth inning.

In looking at the Hardball Times team statistics, the Braves look like a pretty mediocre team. The Braves have a below average offense and average pitching.  In fact if you look at a lot of the numbers, the Braves are right at or around the average column, which doesn’t make for a playoff team, it makes for a third place team which is where they’re at.

And then you have the John Smoltz and Chipper Jones bickering.  I know the pitchers and hitters are both kind of their own clique but it goes to a whole new level when you’re talking about two future Hall of Famers. 

Three against the Nationals may be just what the doctor ordered.  The Braves have scored a few more since I’ve been writing and they’re now up 4-0 so hopefully this skid is going to end.  The Phillies have the day off so that means the Braves should pick up at least a half game on them.  The Mets and Cardinals are tight s that could go either way.

Braves Held to Four Hits In Shutout Loss to Dodgers

by @ 12:52 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 25, 1957 at County Stadium
Dodgers 2, Braves 0  (36-29)

The Braves couldn’t get anything going at the plate as they lost to the Dodgers in their series opener.  Four different Braves picked up a single a piece and not one of their ten baserunners crossed the plate.

It’s too bad because a nice start by Lew Burdette went to waste.  He gave up just two runs (one earned) on four hits with five strikeouts in a complete game loss that pushed his record down to 5-5 on the season.

June 24, 2007

Warren Spahn Is Shelled In Braves Loss

by @ 12:38 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 24, 1957 at County Stadium
Phillies 10, Braves 4 (36-28)

The Braves winning streak was shortlived as the Phillies blew out the Braves and knocked around Warren Spahn in their series finale.  Spahn gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings and the loss drops his record to 7-5 on the season.

Hank Aaron went three for four with a run and an RBI.  Andy Pafko went two for four with an RBI and a run.

June 23, 2007

Braves End Skid With Doubleheader Sweep Over Phillies

by @ 12:31 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 23, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 7, Phillies 6  (35-27)

The Braves ended their three game losing streak with a win over the Phillies in game one of their doubleheader.  The Braves jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first but the Phillies tied it up in the ninth 6-6 in an impressive comeback.  Hank Aaron singled home Red Schoendienst in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it though and prevent the game from going into extra frames.

Bill Bruton had a nice day at the plate in the win.  He went two for four with a homerun and three runs scored.  Eddie Mathews went three for five with a double and a run.

Bob Buhl went the distance and he improved to 8-2 on the season.  He gave up six runs on ten hits and six walks with two strikeouts.

June 23, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 7, Phillies 3  (36-27)

The Braves had entered today with three straight losses and six losses in seven games.  They finished the day with two wins as they complete a doubleheader sweep behind another nice game by Bill Bruton.  The centerfielder went two for four with a triple, three RBIs and a run.  Eddie Mathews pitched in with a solo shot, his twelth homerun of the season.

Taylor Phillips improved to 3-2 with a nice start.  He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings.  Bob Trowbridge pitched three innings of shutout relief to close out the game and he earned his first save of the season.

June 22, 2007

Braves Doubled Up By Phillies For Thid Straight Loss

by @ 5:57 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 22, 1957 at County Stadium
Phillies 4, Braves 2  (34-27)

The Braves slide continued as they lost their third straight game and they lost for the sixth time in seven games.  Bob Trowbridge took the loss and he fell to 2-1 on the season.  He gave up three runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in four innings of work.

Frank Torre went two for four.  Carl Sawatski singled, drove in a run and scored.

June 21, 2007

Lew Burdette Has Rough Start As Braves Continue Skid

by @ 5:52 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 21, 1957 at County Stadium
Phillies 6, Braves 1  (34-26)

The Braves lost for the fifth time in six games as Lew Burdette was roughed up in the Braves series opener aginst the Phillies.  Burdette gave up five runs on ten hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings.  The loss dropped his record to 5-4 on the season.

Andy Pafko went three for four and he drove in the lone run for the Braves.  Bill Bruton went two for four with a run.

June 20, 2007

Braves Lose to Giants In Twelve Innings

by @ 5:47 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 20, 1957 at County Stadium
Giants 4, Braves 3  (34-25)

Taylor Phillies gave up a run to the Giants in the top of the twelth inning as the Braves lost for the fourth time in five games.  Phillips fell to 2-2 on the season with the loss.

Bill Bruton was the hitting star in the loss.  He went three for six with a homerun and two RBIs.  Eddie Mathews went two for six with a solo homerun.

June 19, 2007

Bob Buhl Throws Four Hit Shutout Over Giants

by @ 5:31 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 19, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 6, Giants 0  (34-24)

Bob Buhl improved to 7-2 on the season with a fantastic start that ended the Braves three game losing streak.  He gave up four hits and four walks with six strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

Hank Aaron went yard with his nineteenth homerun of the season.  The big hit was by Wes Covington though.  He belted a three run homer in the fifth inning.

Braves Get Back On Track With Three Wins In Last Four Games

by @ 12:06 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

The bad news is, the Braves are only 8-10 in June.  The good news is, the Mets have been even worse so despite a rough stretch earlier in the month, the Braves sit just a game and a half back of the first place Mets.  Things are a lot more tight behind the Braves with the Phillies breathing down their neck but when you put yourself in a situation where if you just win you can take home the division, then it’s all good.

Chipper Jones racked up his 2,000 hit and there’s little doubt he’s one of the best switch hitters ever.  He also leads the team with twelve homeruns despite the injuries and he has that OPS back up over 1.000 again.

Edgar Renteria is probably the biggest surprise.  He’s hitting .330/.392/.519 and he leads the team with 47 runs.  He also already had ten homeruns and his career mark is only 16. 

John Smoltz is still rolling and it looks like the contract extension was warranted.  He leads the team in wins with 8 and ERA with 2.84 and he’s probably on the back end of a short list of Cy Young candidates.  And with win number 200 out of the way, he should be more then up for the challege of 250.

Game two against the Red Sox is tonight and it’ll be Tim Hudson going up against Josh Beckett.  Beckett is coming off his first loss so hopefully the Braves can make that two in a row and with a Braves win and a Mets loss, it’ll put the Braves just a half game out of first place.

June 18, 2007

Errors Cost Warren Spahn In Braves Third Straight Loss

by @ 5:27 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 18, 1957 at County Stadium
Giants 5, Braves 4  (33-24)

A pair of errors led to three unearned runs as Warren Spahn dropped to 7-4 in a tough start.  He gave up five runs in total (two earned) on four hits and four walks with one strikeouts in five innings.

Hank Aaron went three for four with a double and two runs.  Veteran Andy Pafko went two for three with a run.

June 17, 2007

Dave Jolly Is Shelled In Braves Second Straight Loss

by @ 2:50 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 17, 1957 at County Stadium
Pirates 7, Braves 5  (33-23)

The Pirates scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning off of reliever Dave Jolly to complete a 5-3 comeback over the Braves.  Jolly fell to 0-1 on the season.

Red Schoendiest went four for five with two doubles in the loss.  Three other Braves had three hits a piece with Joe Adcock going three for four with two runs.

June 16, 2007

Braves Split Doubleheader With Phillies

by @ 2:45 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 16, 1967 at Connie Mack Stadium
Braves 3, Phillies 2  (33-21)

The Braves won their fourth straight game in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader with the Phillies.  Juan Pizzaro improved to 3-5 with a solid start. He gave up two runs on just five hits and five walks with four strikeouts in the complete game win.

Eddie Mathews led the way at the plate.  He went three for four with a double, an RBI and two runs.  Red Schoendienst went two for five with a triple and a run.

June 16, 1957 at Connie Mack Stadium
Phillies 1, Braves 0  (33-22)

The Braves four game winning streak came to an end as Lew Burdette’s fantastic start went to waste.  He gave up just one run on a single hit with four walks and a strikeout in the complete game loss.  The hard luck start dropped him to 5-3 on the season.

Bill Bruton was the only hitter with more then one hit.  He went two for three.

June 15, 2007

Hank Aaron Homers Again In Braves Third Straight Win

by @ 3:56 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 15, 1957 at Connie Mack Stadium
Braves 7, Philles 2 (32-21)

Hank Aaron belted his eighteenth homerun of the season as the Braves took care of the Phillies for their third straight win.  Bobby Thomson went four for five with two RBIs and Del Rice went three for five with a homerun, two runs and two RBIs.

Bob Buhl improved to 6-2 on the season with a nice start.  He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and eight walks with four strikeouts in nine innings.

June 14, 2007

Hank Aaron Homers, Drives In Four Runs In Braves Win

by @ 3:52 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 14, 1957 at Connie Mack Stadium
Braves 10, Phillies 2 (31-21)

Hank Aaron led a ten run, thirteen hit attack as the Braves took their series opener against the Phillies.  He went three for five with his seventeenth homerun and four RBIs.  Johnny Logan went three for five with two runs and two RBIs.

Lost in all of the offense was a really nice start by Warren Spahn.  He improved to 7-3 and he gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and five walks with four strikeouts in the complete game win.

June 13, 2007

Bill Bruton Homers Twice In Braves Win

by @ 3:48 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 13, 1957 at Ebbets Field
Braves 8, Dodgers 5  (30-21)

Bill Bruton had a huge day at the plate as the Braves took care of the Dodgers.  He homered twice and drove in three runs while Carl Sawatski went three for four with a homerun, two doubles, four RBIs and two runs.

Bob Trowbridge improved to 2-0 although he hardly brought his best stuff.  He gave up five runs on six hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.  Ernie Johnson pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and didn’t give up a run to pick up his fourth save of the season.

June 12, 2007

Braves Pitching Gives Up Nine Runs In First Two Innings In Loss to Dodgers

by @ 6:46 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 12, 1957 at Ebbets Field
Dodgers 11, Braves 9  (29-21)

Nine runs usually gets it done and while that’s what the Braves hitters put on the board, it wasn’t enough as Gene Conley and Lew Burdette were pummelled for nine runs in the first two innings.  Conley took the loss and he fell to 0-4.  Burdette gave up six of the nine runs but only three of them were earned.

Eddie Mathews had a huge game in the loss.  He went four for five with a two run homer.  Hank Aaron had just one hit but it was his sixteenth homer of the season.

June 11, 2007

Bobby Thomson Drives In Four Runs In Braves Win

by @ 6:41 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 11, 1957 at Ebbets Field
Braves 7, Dodgers 2  (29-20)

Bobby Thomson led the Braves at the plate as they took their second straight game in Brooklyn.  The leftfielder went two for four with his fourth homerun and four RBIs.  Bill Bruton went three for five with two runs while Hank Aaron went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run.

Ray Crone was the recipient of all of the offense and he improved to 3-1 on the season.  He gave up two runs on nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts in the complete game win.

June 10, 2007

Bob Buhl Pitches Braves to Win Over Dodgers

by @ 1:06 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 10, 1957 at Roosevelt Stadium
Braves 3, Dodgers 1  (28-20)

Bob Buhl improved to 5-2 on the season with an impressive start in the Braves win in their opener in Brooklyn.  Buhl gave up just one run on four hits and six walks with five strikeouts in the complete game win.

Eddie Mathews belted a two run shot to give the Braves the runs they needed to win it.  Johnny Logan went three for four and he scored a run.

June 9, 2007

Braves Split Doubleheader With Pirates

by @ 1:01 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 9, 1957 at Forbes Field
Braves 2, Pirates 1 (27-19)

The Braves took care of the Pirates in the first game of their doubleheader, although they did need eleven innings to do it.  Bob Trowbridge was impressive in his first start of the season and he picked up the win.  He gave up just one run on six hits and four walks in ten innings.  Ernie Johnson pitched a perfect eleventh inning and he picked up his third save of the season.

Johnny Logan singled home the winning run in the eleventh.   Hank Aaron drove in the other run with a solo shot, his fourteenth homerun of the season.

June 9, 1957 at Forbes Field
Pirates 5, Braves 3  (27-20)

The Braves couldn’t pull of the sweep as Juan Pizzaro had a mediocre start in the Braves loss to the Pirates.  He fell to 2-5 and he gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Hank Aaron went yard again with number fifteen, a solo shot in the seventh inning.  The only other Brave to reach twice was Bobby Thomson, who singled, drew a walk and drove in a run.

June 7, 2007

Warren Spahn Throws Seven Hit Shutout In Braves Win Over Pirates

by @ 8:18 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 7, 1957 at Forbes Field
Braves 5, Pirates 0  (26-19)

Warren Spahn improved to 6-3 on the season with an impressive start as the Braves kicked off their series with the Pirates.  He gave up seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts in a complete game shutout, his second shutout of the season.

Joe Adcock doubled twice, drew two walks, drove in a run and scored.  Bill Bruton went three for five and scored a run.

June 6, 2007

Braves Held to Four Hits In Shutout Loss to Giants

by @ 7:05 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 6, 1957 at the Polo Grounds
Giants 2, Braves 0  (25-19)

The Braves had a rough time getting anything going at the plate as they were held to just four hits in a shutout loss to the Giants.  Eddie Mathews was the only Braves hitter to even reach base twice and he did it with two singles.

Bob Buhl had a pretty nice start go to waste as he fell to 4-2 on the season.  He gave up two runs on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.

June 5, 2007

Pair of Three Run Homers Push Braves to Win Over Giants

by @ 6:58 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 5, 1957 at the Polo Grounds
Braves 9, Giants 8  (25-18
)

The Braves used the long ball to peak effectiveness as they took care of the Giants on the road.  Joe Adcock and Ernie Johnson each had big blasts with two runners on base while Bobby Thomson went deep with a solo shot.

Ernie Johnson picked up starter Juan Pizzaro, who gave up four runs without getting an out in the second inning.  Johnson improved to 3-1 and he gave up four runs on nine hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings of relief.  Taylor Phillips got the final two batters out and he picked up his first save of the season.

June 4, 2007

Braves Lose to Giants In Thirteen Innings

by @ 6:55 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 4, 1957 at the Polo Grounds
Giants 8, Braves 7  (24-18)

The Braves hit the road and ran into a huge roadblock as they lost to the Giants in a tough thirteen inning game.  Gene Conley took the loss when he gave up the losing run in the thirteenth while Ray Crone gave up five runs in six innings in a rough start.

Joe Torre, Hank Aaron and Carl Sawatski all went yard in the loss.  For Aaron, it was his thirteenth of the season.

June 2, 2007

Braves End Three Game Skid Behind Solid Outing By Bob Buhl

by @ 6:50 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 2, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 3, Cardinals 1  (24-17)

Bob Buhl pitched the Braves for their first win after losing three straight and he improved to 4-1.  He gave up one run on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in eight solid innings.  Ernie Johnson threw a perfect ninth and he picked up his second save of the season.

Bobby Thomson provided the bulk of the Braves offense in the win.  He went two for four with a double and two RBIs.  Bill Bruton went three for four with a triple.

June 1, 2007

Warren Spahn Roughed Up In Braves Third Straight Loss

by @ 6:47 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - June

June 1, 1957 at County Stadium
Cardinals 7, Braves 1 (23-17)

Warren Spahn fell to 5-3 on the season with a rough start in the Braves loss to the Cardinals.  He gave up six runs (five earned) on eleven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Johnny Logan was the only Brave with two hits in the game.  He went two for three and he scored the lone run of the game for the Braves.

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