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August 31, 2007

Braves Score Fourteen To Close Out August With Another Win

by @ 6:18 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 31, 1957 at Crosley Field
Braves 14, Reds 4  (79-48)

Just about everyone was a hitting star in a pretty heavy offensive onslaught over the Reds.  Five Braves homered, three drove in three runs a piece and two different Braves scored three times.  Red Schoendienst had a team high four hits and Hank Aaron hit his 38th homerun of the season.

Lew Burdette got the start but he couldn’t benefit from all of the offense because of a poor start.  He gave up two runs on three hits and two walks and he was able to get just one batter out.  Juan Pizarro pitched all of the rest 8 2/3 innings and he improved to 5-6.  He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts.

August 30, 2007

Braves Hammer Reds With Four Homer Attack

by @ 6:17 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 30, 1957 at Crosley Field
Braves 9, Reds 5  (78-48)

Four Braves went yard in a blowout win over the Reds in their series opener.  Eddie Mathews continued his hot hitting with his 27th while Joe Torre, Wes Covington and Carl Sawatski all belted homers in the game.  Red Schoendienst went two for four with a walk and he scored three times.

Warren Spahn improved to 17-8 with the win.  He gave up three runs on eight hits and five walks with two strikeouts in six innings.  Taylor Phillips struck out the final batter of the game and he picked up his second save of the season.

August 28, 2007

Braves Pitchers Are Hit Hard In Blowout Loss to Giants

by @ 6:16 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 28, 1957 at the Polo Grounds
Giants 12, Braves 6  (77-48)

The Giants took it to the Braves as they finished up with a split of their two game series.  A pair of errors resulted in five unearned runs as Gene Conley took the loss.  He gave up nine runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with a strikeout in 2 2/3 innings.  Juan Pizarro gave up three runs in four innings of relief.

Hank Aaron went three for four with a walk and three RBIs.  Joe Torre went three for six with two runs while Eddie Mathews belted his 26th homerun of the season.

August 27, 2007

Eddie Mathews Belts 25th Homerun In Braves Win Over Giants

by @ 6:15 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 27, 1957 at the Polo Grounds
Braves 4, Giants 3  (77-47)

The Braves took care of the Giants and they scored all four of their runs via the long ball.  Eddie Mathews belted a two run shot in the sixth inning, his 25th of the season, while Joe Torre and Red Schoendienst both went yard with solo shots.

Lew Burdette improved to 14-7 with the win.  He gave up three runs on eleven hits and two walks with a strikeout in seven solid frames.  Don McMahon threw two perfect innings and he picked up hi seventh save of the season.

August 26, 2007

Braves Lose It In the Ninth Against Phillies

by @ 6:14 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 26, 1957 at Connie Mack Stadium
Phillies 4, Braves 3  (76-47)

The Braves came back from three runs down to tie their game up with the Phillies in the eighth inning only to see Ernie Johnson give up the losing run in the bottom of the ninth.  Taylor Phillips was touched up for three runs in 3 1/3 innings while Bob Trowbridge help the Braves get back into the game with 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief.

Eddie Mathews was the hitting star in the loss.  He went two for four with two RBIs and a run.  Red Schoendienst doubled and he scored a run.

August 25, 2007

Bob Hazle Homers Twice, Drives In Six In Braves Win

by @ 6:13 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 25, 1957 at Connie Mack Stadium
Braves 7, Phillies 3  (76-46)

The Braves put themselves thirty games over the .500 mark for the first time after Bob Hazle individually dismantled the Phillies.  He belted a pair of three run homers en route to a perfect three for three day.  Warren Spahn even helped out his own cause and he belted a solo homerun in the third inning.

Spahn improved to 16-8 on the season with a decent enough start.  He gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts in the complete game win.

August 24, 2007

Felix Mantilla Drives In Four Runs In Braves Blowout Win Over Dodgers

by @ 3:48 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 24, 1957 at Ebbets Field
Braves 13, Dodgers 7  (75-46)

The Braves won their rubber game over the Dodgers in grand fashion as they turned on the offense in a blow out.  Felix Mantilla was the hitting star and he went three for five with a homerun, four RBIs and three runs.  Andy Pafko homered and drove in three while Hank Aaron and Nippy Jones both went yard in the game.  For Aaron, it was his 37th homerun of the season.

Lew Burdette picked up his second win in three days and he improved to 13-7.  He threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief.  Ernie Johnson was shelled for five runs in three innings of relief and Bob Trowbridge gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings in his start.

August 23, 2007

Hank Aaron Belts 36th Homer In Loss to Dodgers

by @ 3:40 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 23, 1957 at Ebbets Field
Dodgers 3, Braves 2  (74-46)

Outside of Hank Aaron, the Braves lineup was shut down by Dodgers starter Don Drysdale.  Of the five hits, Aaron had two of them and he also drove in both Braves runs.  He also belted homerun number 36 on the season.

A pretty good start by Gene Conley went to waste.  He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in eight solid frames.  Don McMahon gave up a run in the ninth inning and he fell to 0-2 on the season.

August 22, 2007

Lew Burdette Pitches Braves to Win Over Dodgers

by @ 3:34 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 22, 1957 at Ebbets Field
Braves 6, Dodgers 1  (74-45
)

Lew Burdette improved to 12-7 on the season with a nice outing as the Braves continued their impressive month of August.  He gave up just one run on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in the complete game win.

Hank Aaron hit homerun number 35, a three run shot in the first inning.  Red Schoendienst went three for five with a solo homer while both Eddie Mathews and Bob Hazle had three hits a piece.

August 20, 2007

Warren Spahn Pitches Braves to Win Over Pirates

by @ 3:32 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 20, 1957 at Forbes Field
Braves 3, Pirates 1  (73-45)

The Braves ended their mini-skid as they hit the road and it was Warren Spahn who pitched them to a win.  He improved to 15-8 and he gave up one run on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts in the complete game win.

Eddie Mathews led the Braves at the plate.  He doubled, tripled, scored and drove in a run.

August 18, 2007

Braves Swept By Cardinals In Doubleheader

by @ 3:24 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 18, 1957 at County Stadium
Cardinals 8, Braves 6  (72-44)

The Cardinals handed the Braves their second loss of the series in the front end of a doubleheader.  Bob Buhl pitched to only two batters, both of whom he walked, and from the on, it was left up to the bullpen.  Three different relievers gave up two runs or more and it was Juan Pizarro who took the loss.  He gave up two runs and he was only able to get one batter out.

Eddie Mathews belted a solo homer but it was Bob Hazle was the hitting star.  He went two for four with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs.

August 18, 1957 at County Stadium
Cardinals 6, Braves 0  (72-45)

The Braves hadn’t lost back to back games in almost a month but they dropped two games in one day as the Cardinals complete a sweep of their doubleheader with the Braves.  The pair of losses cut the Braves lead in the National League to six games and while still comfortable, things were a little more tight as the month of August went past it’s midpoint.

The Braves were held to just four hits and only one hitter reached base twice.  Del Rice was that hitter and he went one for two with a walk.

Bob Trowbridge was hit hard and he fell to 4-4 on the season.  He gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts in four innings of work.

August 17, 2007

Hank Aaron Doubles Home Two Runs In Eleventh to Beat Cardinals

by @ 2:40 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 17, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 5, Cardinals 4  (72-43)

The Braves got some extra inning heroics from Hank Aaron to take care of the Cardinals.  After Warren Spahn gave up a single run in the top of the eleventh, Hank Aaron came up huge with a two run walk off double to win it for the Braves.  Red Schoendiesnt pitched in with a two run homer in the win.

Spahn improved to 14-8 despite giving up the go ahead run in the eleventh.  Lew Burdette almost saw a solid start go to waste.  He gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in the no decision.

August 16, 2007

Braves Ten Game Winning Streak Ends With Loss to Cardinals

by @ 12:21 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 16, 1957 at County Stadium
Cardinals 6, Braves 2  (71-43)

It had to end and the Braves lost for just the second time in the month of August as their ten game winning streak came to an end.  Gene Conley was roughed up and he fell to 8-6 on the season.  He gave up three runs on three hits and three walks in just 1 2/3 innings.  Rookie Juan Pizarro was also tagged for three runs in his 5 1/3 innings of relief.

Red Schoendienst went four for five with an RBI.  Joe Torre went two for four and he drove in a run.

August 15, 2007

Braves Win Tenth Straight

by @ 12:01 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 15, 1967 at Crosley Field
Braves 8, Reds 1  (71-42)

The Braves swept their third consecutive series and won their tenth straight game in an amazing run.  With the month of August half way done, the Braves had lost just one game.  This time, it was Warren Spahn who picked up the win.  He gave up one unearned run on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts in nine innings of work.

Hank Aaron was the hitting star in this one.  He went two for five with two homers and five RBIs.  The two homers brought his season total up to 34 on the season.  Eddie Mathews belted his 23rd homer and Bob Hazle hit his second.

August 14, 2007

Braves Score Thirteen, Extend Winning Streak to Nine Games

by @ 11:55 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 14, 1957 at Crosley Field
Braves 13, Reds 3  (70-42)

The Braves won their ninth straight game as they blew out the Reds for the second straight time.  This time it was thirteen runs that they put on the board.  Wes Covington went two for five with a homerun and five RBIs.  Johnny Logan homered, drove in two and scored twice while Bob Hazle went three for four with a walk with a walk, two runs and an RBI.

Bob Buhl improved to 16-6 on the season.  He gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.  Don McMahon threw two innings of shutout relief and he picked up his sixth save of the season.

August 13, 2007

Braves Win Eighth Straight Game After Blowout Win Over Reds

by @ 11:46 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 13, 1957 at Crosley Field
Braves 12, Reds 4  (69-42)

The Braves won their eighth straight game and it was their thirteenth win in fourteen games as the improved their National League lead to six games over the Cardinals.  Lew Burdette not only got it done on the mound but he helped out his own cause in a big way at the plate.  He went three for four with two homeruns, four RBIs and three runs and on the mound, he gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in the complete game win.

Red Schoendienst also had a nice game.  He went three for five with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs.

August 11, 2007

Braves Held to Six Hits In Loss to Pirates

by @ 6:02 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - September

September 11, 1957 at County Stadium
Pirates 2, Braves 1  (84-54)

The Braves continued their September swoon with their sixth loss of the month in a pitcher’s duel against the Pirates.  Warren Spahn failed to pick up his 20th win but not because he didn’t throw a nice enough game.  He gave up just two runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in nine innings and the loss dropped him to 19-9 on the season.

The Braves managed just six hits and their lone run came on a solo homerun by Andy Pafko.  The right fielder joined Del Rice as the only Braves with two hits.

Braves Sweep Cardinals to Extend NL Lead to Five Games

by @ 11:41 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 11, 1957 at Busch Stadium
Braves 5, Cardinals 1  (68-42)

The Braves extended their lead to five games with another impressive win.  It was their seventh straight win and their twelth win in thirteen games.  Gene Conley improved to 8-5 on the season with a nice start. He gave up one run on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in the complete game win.

Eddie Mathews went two for three with a walk.  One of the two hits was his 22nd homerun and he both scored two runs and drove in two.  Johnny Logan doubled and drove in two runs.

August 10, 2007

Braves Continue Run With Sixth Straight Win

by @ 11:38 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 10, 1957 at Busch Stadium
Braves 9, Cardinals 0  (67-42)

The Braves continued their hot play with their sixth straight win and their eleventh win in twelve games.  Hank Aaron went two for two with three walks and four runs.  Bob Hazle went three for four with a double, a walk, three RBIs and two runs.

Warren Spahn improved to 12-8 on the season.  He gave up five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

August 9, 2007

Braves Score Thirteen In Fifth Straight Win

by @ 10:17 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 9, 1957 at Busch Stadium
Braves 13, Cardinals 2  (66-42)

The Braves extended their winning streak to five games and their lead in the National League to three games with a blowout over the second place Cardinals.  Four different Braves went yard including Hank Aaron who hit his 32nd homer.  Eddie Mathews hit his 21st and Wes Covington and Bob Mazle both went yard as well.  For Mazle, it was his first career homer.

Bob Buhl improved to 15-6 with a solid start.  He gave up two runs on nine hits and eight walks with six strikeouts in the complete game win.

August 8, 2007

Braves Stay Hot With Fourth Straight Win

by @ 6:58 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 8, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 5, Reds 3  (65-42)

The Braves swept the Reds, won their fourth straight and it was also their ninth win in ten games.  This time it was Lew Burdette who threw a nice game.  He gave up three runs on ten hits and one walk with one strikeout in eight innings of work and the win pushed his record to 10-7 on the season.  Don McMahon threw a shutout ninth and he saved his fifth game of the season.

Red Schoendienst singled, drew a walk and drove three runs to lead the Brewers at the plate.  Dal Crandall had just one hit but it was a solo homerun in the fourth inning.

August 7, 2007

Wes Covington Homers Twice In Braves Third Straight Win

by @ 6:54 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 7, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 12, Reds 2  (64-42)

The Braves piled on the runs in their third straight win behind some outstanding hitting by Wes Covington.  He homered twice, drew a walk, drove in four and scored four as he was a one man wrecking crew at the plate.  Red Schoendienst also had a nice game and he went three for six with three RBIs and a run.

Gene Conley cruised to an easy win with all of the run support and he improved to 7-5 on the season.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and five walks with four strikeouts in the complete game win.

August 6, 2007

Warren Spahn Pitches Braves to Win Over Reds

by @ 6:51 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 6, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 5, Reds 4  (63-42)

The Braves won their second straight and it was their seventh win in eight games as Warren Spahn got it done on the mound.  He improved to 11-8 and he gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts in the complete game win.

Wes Covington went two for three with two RBIs and a run.  Del Crandall doubled, tripled and scored a run.

August 5, 2007

Cardinals Blast Lew Burdette, Finish Sweep Over Braves

by @ 12:11 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - September

September 5, 1957 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 10, Braves 1  (82-51)

The Cardinals gave themselves a breath of life as they finshed a sweep over the Braves in their two game series with a 10-1 blowout.  Lew Burdette had a rough start and he took the loss, although he wasn’t the only pitcher to get knocked around.  Burdette gave up three runs on six hits with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings while Juan Pizarro gave up two runs and Dave Jolly gave up five runs in relief appearances.

The Braves were held to a mere four hits and Eddie Mathews not only was the only Brave to reach base twice but he drove in the lone run in the sixth inning.  He drew a walk and doubled home the lone run in the sixth inning.

August 4, 2007

Hank Aaron Leads Homerun Attack In Braves Win Over Dodgers

by @ 5:11 am. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 4, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 9, Dodgers 7 (62-42)

The Braves got back on track and after the Cardinals split their doubleheader with the Phillies, the Braves now sat just a game back of first place in the National League.  Hank Aaron was one of four Braves to go yard but Aaron’s three run shot turned out to produce the game winning run.  Eddie Mathews belted his 20th and he drove in three runs while Del Rice and Johnny Logan also went yard as well.

Bob Buhl improved to 14-6 although it was his best start.  He gave up six runs on thirteen hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

August 3, 2007

Lew Burdette Is Hit Hard in Braves Loss

by @ 6:55 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 3, 1957 at County Stadium
Dodgers 7, Braves 1  (61-42)

Lew Burdette fell to 9-7 on the season with a tough start as the Braves five game winning streak came to an end.  He gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with one strikeout in 7 1/3 innings.

Del Crandall drove in the lone Braves run with a single in the fourth inning.  Hank Aaron was the only Braves hitter with two hits in the game.

August 2, 2007

Gene Conley Throws Four Hit Shutout In Braves Fifth Straight Win

by @ 6:52 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - August

August 2, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 1, Dodgers 0  (61-41)

The Braves won their fifth game as Gene Conley got the better end of a pitcher’s duel with the Dodgers.  He gave up just four hits and five walks with three strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

Johnny Logan was three for three and he scored the lone run.  Conley helped out his own cause with a single and an RBI.

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