September 29, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 4, Reds 3 (95-59)
The Braves finished their regular season with an exciting win over the Reds. Neither team scored until the seventh inning when Del Rice drew a bases loaded walk to push home the first run of the game. The Braves added a second run in the bottomo of the eighth on Harry Hinebrink’s RBI single.
Then in the ninth, Taylor Phillips and Don McMahon were tagged for three runs to give the Reds a 3-2 lead. The Braves answered though and Red Schoendienst singled home a run to tie the game and then Felix Mantilla singled home the game winning run to win it on a walk off hit.
McMahon picked up the win despite allowing three inherited runners to score in the ninth. Joe Adcock was the only Brave with two hits in the game.
September 28, 1957 at County Stadium
Reds 6, Braves 0 (94-59)
Reds starter Johnny Klippstein had a career day as he held the Braves to just one hit and Warren Spahn was roughed up in his final start before the World Series. Bob Hazle broke up the no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning with a single to right. Harry Hanebrink was the only other Brave to reach base with a walk.
Warren Spahn fell to 21-11 on the season. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings of work.
September 26, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 2, Reds 1 (94-58)
Lew Burdette did a nice job on the mound in his final tune up start before the World Series. He improved to 17-9 and he gave up one run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in the complete game win.
The Braves scored both of their runs via the long ball. Andy Pafko put the Braves on the board in the fifth inning with a solo homer and then Del Crandall gave the Braves their second run of the inning with a solo shot of his own. Hank Aaron was the only Brave to reach base twice with a double and a walk.
September 25, 1957 at County Stadium
Cardinals 4, Braves 1 (93-58)
The Braves eight game winning streak came to an after Bob Buhl, who had thrown seven scoreless innings to open up the game, gave up four runs in the eighth inning to the Cardinals. Buhl dropped to 18-7 and he gave up the four runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts in nine frames.
The Braves picked up their lone run in the fifth inning on Johnny Logan’s sac. fly. Hank Aaron and Nippy Jones were the only Braves with more then one hit.
September 24, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 6, Cardinals 1 (93-57)
The Braves extended their winning streak to eight games as Hank Aaron blasted a first inning grand slam in which the team never looked back from. It was Aaron’s league leading 44th of the season and while it was his only hit, it was a big one.
Warren Spahn coasted to his 21st win of the season. He gave up one run on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts in the complete game win.
September 23, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 4, Cardinals 2 (92-57)
The Braves won their seventh straight game and clinched the National League pennant all in one fell swoop with an eleven inning win over the Cardinals. Hank Aaron fittingly provided the heroics with a two run, eleventh inning walk off homer to win it for the Braves in front of their home crowd. Aaron finished the game three for four with two walks and he both drove in two and scored twice.
Lew Burdette gave a solid effort with ten innings of work and he gave up just two runs on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Gene Conley pitched a perfect eleventh and he improved to 9-9 on the season.
September 22, 1957 at Wrigley Field
Braves 9, Cubs 7 (91-57)
It took the Braves ten innings but they best the Cubs to finish a three game sweep that extended their overall winning streak to six games. Bob Trowbridge gave up four runs in the first inning only to see the Braves come back and tie it with four in the fourth. The Cubs then scored three in the bottom of the fifth while the Braves answered with two in the sixth and one in the ninth to send the game into extra frames. Then Bob Hazle led off the tenth inning with a solo homerun to give the Braves the run they needed to win the game.
Hank Aaron hit homerun number 42 while Hazle was an impressive four for five with two runs and two RBIs. Wes Covington hit a solo homerun for his 21st of the season.
Don McMahon picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief. He walked three batters but helped out his own cause with four strikeouts. Joey Jay got the final two batters out and he picked up his the first save of his career.
The win cut the Braves magic number to just two. A win in any of their next three games against the second place Cardinals would clinch the National League pennant.
September 21, 1957 at Wrigley Field
Braves 6, Cubs 2 (90-57)
The Braves made it five straight wins and they cut their magic number down to just three as the trashed the Cubs for the second straight time. Joe Adcock had a big game with two homers and three RBIs while Del Rice pitched in with a solo homer.
Bob Buhl improved to 18-6 with a nice outing. He gave up two runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts in the complete game win.
September 20, 1957 at Wrigley Field
Braves 9, Cubs 3 (89-57)
The Braves once again turned on the offense and in the process, they won their fourth straight game to cut their magic number down to just five. Eddie Mathews had two singles, two runs and two RBIs while Wes Covington hit a solo homer, his 20th of the season, in the fourth inning.
Warren Spahn picked up his 20th win of the season with 6 1/3 solid innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Don McMahon threw the final 2 2/3 and he gave up just one unearned and struck out six to pick up his eighth save of the season.
September 18, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 8, Giants 2 (88-57)
The Braves won their third straight game and in the process, extended their National League lead to four games with just nine games to play. Johnny Logan had a team high three hits and he both scored and drove in a run. Hank Aaron and Joe Adcock each scored two runs while Del Crandall drove in a pair. Andy Pafko was the only Brave to go yard with a solo homer in the eighth inning. It was his seventh of the year.
Lew Burdette improved to 16-9 with a nice outing. He gave up two runs on four hits with a walk and one strikeout in the complete game win.
Yeah, I know it’s a pipedream considering there’s five teams ahead of them and even if they go 11-2 down the stretch, they wouldn’t be assured of a playoff spot, but they’re playing two of those teams that are ahead of them as well as some of the bottom teams like the Astros and the Marlins. I’m not counting them out quite yet (unless they lose tonight :-)).
You have to like Tim Hudson’s bounceback season this year. The righthander threw his first complete game shutout this year yesterday and he’s looking like the best of the three Athletic’s aces that have gone on their way the past few years. He’s not getting enough Cy Young consideration either and if he can win out, you’re looking at a guy who could win 18 games and log 225 innings. His most impressive number is the fact that he’s given up just nine homeruns all season.
And what can you say about John Smoltz. His ERA is hovering right around 3.00 and while he’ll fall short of 200 strikeouts this year, he’ll get number 3,000 early next year. We’ have Smoltz and Hudson for two more seasons with an option for a third and that’s definitely a core we can build around.
The big decision will be whether to sign Andruw Jones or not. He never did hit out of his slump but his fielding is still very, very good. He leads the all National League centerfielders in revised zone rating and he also leads the National League by a wide margin in plays made outside of his zone. He also leads the team in fielding win shares. What’s strange is, it’s not really reflected in Baseball Prospectus’ fielding runs above average, which has him as a negative.
I have to admit too, I’m an Andruw Jones fan. I’ve been watching him play since he was a teenager and he was at the heart of a lot of those Braves teams in the 1990s that got it done with all of the division titles. Of course I don’t want the team to overspend for him at the expense of needs elsewhere.
I’m slowly but surely catching up on the 1957 Braves diary. I know it’s not the same as if I kept up with and you could check it out daily but I’m hoping to be at real time by the time the Braves play their World Series games. Thanks for stopping by and being patient.
September 17, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 3, Giants 1 (87-57)
The Braves kept their three game lead intact with another nice pitching performance. This time, it was Bob Trowbridge who held the opposition to a single run. He gave up just a single run on five hits and a walk with one strikeout and the win improved his record to 7-5 on the season.
Hank Aaron had the big day at the plate. He went three for four and he hit homerun number 41 off the right field foul pole. He scored two runs while Joe Adcock also had three hits including a two run shot that put the Braves on the board in the second inning.
September 16, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 5, Philies 1 (86-57)
The Braves ended their three game skid as they finally got their bats going in a nice offensive display., Del Rice hit his eighth homer of the season and he drove in two runs while Johnny Logan had a team high three hits and he scored twice in the win.
Bob Buhl picked up win number 17 with a nice start. He gave up one unearned run on eight hits and five walks with six strikeouts in the complete game win.
September 15, 1957 at County Stadium
Phillies 3, Braves 2 (85-57)
The Braves lost their third straight game and for the eighth time in eleven games and what was at one point an 8 1/2 game lead was now just 2 1/2 games. The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead but the Phillies kept in it and scored they tying run in the top of the ninth then the winning run in the top of the tenth. Both of those late runs came off of Warren Spahn, who fell to 19-10.
Joe Adcock doubled home Red Schoendienst in the bottom of the second to put the Braves on the board. Then Schoendienst singled home Johnny Logan in the second to give the Braves their second and final run.
September 14, 1957 at County Stadium
Dodgers 7, Braves 1 (85-56)
It’s a good thing the Braves built up a nice lead because at September was close to hitting the half way point, the Braves had lost seven of their last ten games and an 8 1/2 game lead then was now just four games. Once again, the Braves failed to get much offense from their hitters as they picked up just a run on four hits. The lone Braves run came in the second inning when Andy Pafko scored when Johnny Logan grounded into a double play.
Lew Burdette was hit hard and early and the Dodgers had a 4-0 lead in the top of the season. He fell to 15-9 and he gave up six runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.
September 13, 1957 at County Stadium
Dodgers 5, Braves 1 (85-55)
The Braves were held in check once again at the plate as they managed just a single run on five hits. It was the third straight game the Braves had scored two runs or less and the lone run was driven in by Johnny Logan with his triple in the second inning. Red Schoendienst and Covington were the only Braves with two hits in the game.
Gene Conley was roughed up and he fell to 8-9 on the season. He gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks with one strikeout in 6 1/3 innings. Phil Paine held the Dodgers scoreless in the final two frames but the hitters couldn’t get their bats going to pull out a comeback.
September 12, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 2, Dodgers 1 (85-54)
The Braves were outhit 7-4 but they made them count as they won a controversial game in the bottom of the ninth. With the game tied 1-1, Johnny Logan led off with a single and then Wes Covington hit into what could have been a double play but one of the umpires had stepped away so the pitch didn’t count. Covington then singled to put two runners on before Del Crandall eventually singled home the game winning run.
The Braves scored their only other run in the fourth inning when Andy Pafko singled home Eddie Mathews to put the Braves on the board. Mathews and Covington reached base a team high three times with a hit and two walks a piece.
Bob Buhl gave up the lone run and he was pulled in the fourth when he gave up a walk to load the bases. Bob Trowbridge did a nice job though and he not only pitched the Braves out of that jam, but he held the Dodgers scoreless the rest of the way.
September 10, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 4, Pirates 3 (84-53)
Hank Aaron belted his 40th homerun of the season as the Braves tried to get back on track with a win over the Pirates. It was the first time the young centerfielder had hit 40 in a season. Eddie Mathews had the big day at the plate though. He went three for three with a walk, his 31st homerun, a double, two RBIs and two runs.
Lew Burdette improved to 15-8 with the win. He gave up three runs on twelve hits with three strikeouts in the complete game win.
September 8, 1957 at County Stadium
Cubs 5, Braves 3 (83-53)
The Braves once again just couldn’t seem to get on track and while they scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game in extra innings, Ernie Johnson gave up two runs in the top of the tenth as the Braves lost for the fourth time in five games. Gene Conley was touched up for three runs in 3 2/3 innings in his start and then the pen did a nice job of holding onto things until Johnson gave up the pair in the tenth.
Wes Covington belted a solo homerun, his nineteenth of the season. Eddie Mathews was the only Brave with two hits with a triple and a single while Red Schoendienst singled, drew two walks, scored a run and drove in one.
September 7, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 7, Cubs 2 (83-52)
The Braves ended their three game losing streak as they got a three run blast in the third inning from Wes Covington which they never looked back from. The homerun was the beginning of a five run inning. The Andy Pafko added two runs in the seventh inning on his fifth homerun of the season but the insurance proved to be unneccesary.
Warren Spahn won his nineteenth game with a nice start. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Both runs against him came on solo homers.
October 6, 1957 at County Stadium
Braves 7, Yankees 5
Best of seven Game Series Tied 2-2
In what was the most exciting game of the series to date, the Braves gave up a big lead in the ninth inning only to come back and win it in the tenth inning. Warren Spahn got his second start of the series and he faced Yankees hurler Sturdivant.
The Yankees got on the board early when in the first inning, Gil McDougald singled home Mickey Mantle. It wasn’t until the fourth inning before the Braves finally got their bats going.
Johnny Logan led off the fourth with a walk and he moved to third on Eddie Mathews double. Then Hank Aaron gave the Braves the lead with a huge three run blast, his second homer of the series. Joe Torre followed that up later in the inning with a solo shot to give the Braves a nice 4-1 lead.
Warren Spahn continued to dominate but he finally ran into trouble in the ninth inning. With two men on, Elston Howard took Spahn deep to tie the game up at 4-4. Even worse, Spahn gave up a run in the tenth on a Hank Bauer tripled that scored Tony Kubek.
Nippy Jones led off the tenth by being hit by the pitch. Red Schoendienst moved him over to second base with a bunt before Johnny Logan tied the game up with a double. Eddie Mathews then came through with the game winner and he went yard with a two run shot to end the game.
September 6, 1957 at County Stadium
Cubs 5, Braves 4 (82-52)
It wasn’t a sweet homecoming as the Cubs came to Milwaukee and handed the Braves their third straight defeat. A three run lead turned into a 5-3 deficit in a hurry as Bob Trowbridge was tagged for five runs in just the seventh inning. Trowbridge fell to 5-5 and it’s unfortunate because up until that point, he had thrown six shutout innings.
Bob Hazle belted a solo homer in the sixth inning, his sixth long ball of the season. Red Schoendienst was the only Braves hitter with more then one hit and he went two for five with a double and a run.
September 4, 1957 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 5, Braves 4 (82-50)
The Braves three game winning streak came to an end as the Cardinals won an exciting 5-4, twelve inning game. The Cardinals tagged Juan Pizzaro for four runs in the first inning and the Braves clawed their back into it with three in the second on a three run homer by Del Rice and they tied it in the fifth with an Eddie Mathews solo shot. Then nobody scored for six innings until the Cardinals finally ended it in the twelth when Don McMahon was tagged for a run.
McMahon fell to 0-3 on the season. Along with driving in most of the Braves runs, Rice was also the only Braves hitter with a pair of hits.
September 3, 1957 at Wrigley Field
Braves 8, Cubs 0 (82-49)
The Braves finished up their three game sweep over the Cubs with their second straight shutout. Warren Spahn gave up just six hits and a walk and he struck out five. The win improved his record to 18-8 on the season.
Hank Aaron hit homerun number 39 on the season. He went three for five with four RBIs and two runs. Eddie Mathews and Nippy Jones each had two hits and two runs in the win.
September 2, 1957 at Wrigley Field
Braves 23, Cubs 10 (80-49)
The win must have been blowing at Wrigley because the Braves simply ran up the score in a 23 run, 26 hit attack. Hank Aaron and Wes Covnington each drove in six runs while Joe Torre socred a team high six runs. Six hitters had three or more hits while every starter outside of pitcher Lew Burdette picked up at least a pair in the game. Six players scored at least two runs while five drove in at least two.
Lew Burdette once again couldn’t take advantage of the offense. He gave up seven runs (four earned) in 2 2/3 innings and it was Ernie Johnson who ended up with the win. He gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. The win improved his record to 7-2.
September 2, 1957 at Wrigley Field
Braves 4, Cubs 0 (81-49)
It’s hard to believe this game was played right after the high scoring one in the front end of the doubleheader, but it did. Bob Trowbridge threw a three hit shutout in which he walked one and struck out nine. The win improved his record to 5-4 on the season.
Wes Covington finished with three hits and two RBIs in the win. Eddie Mathews singled twice, drove in a run and scored.
September 1, 1957 at Crosley Field
Reds 6, Braves 0 (79-49)
Gene Conley was roughed up and the Braves got nothing going at the plate as they kicked off the final month of the season with a loss. Del Rice singled twice and he was the only hitter to reach base more then once.
Conley gave up four runs on five hits and two walks in the loss. He fell to 8-8 on the season.
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