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April 30, 2007

Braves Shutout for First Time in Second Loss of the Season

by @ 1:14 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - April

April 30, 1957 at the Polo Grounds

Giants 4, Braves 0  (9-2)

The Braves went out on a losing note to end the month of April but it was still a very impressive start for the team.  They stood at 9-2 and they were a game ahead of the National League champs, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Braves managed only seven hits the entire game and only Bobby Thomson had a two hit game.  Bob Buhl picked up the loss despite having a solid start.  He gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout in six innings of work.

April 29, 2007

Braves Win Despite Rough Start by Taylor Phillips

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

April 29, 1957 at Crosley Field

Braves 3, Reds 2  (9-1)

The Braves won for the ninth time in their first ten games despite a rough start by Taylor Phillips.  He walked six and gave up three hits in 3 2/3 innings but he only gave up a single run.  Red Murff then picked him and gave up only one run the rest of the way to pick up his first win of the season.  Despite the two pitchers walking ten guys between them, the Braves benefitted from four double plays turned by the infield.

Hank Aaron had a big game.  He had three hits and he drove in a run.

April 27, 2007

Lew Burdette Gets Some Run Support in Another Braves Win

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

April 27, 1957 at Crosley Field

Braves 5, Reds 4  (8-1)

The Braves continued their great start with a solid mix of hitting and pitching.  Lew Burdette benefitted from five runs and he picked up his second win of the season.  He went the distance and gave up four runs on ten hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

Hank Aaron hit his fourth homerun of the season and Joe Adcock hit his fifth.  Johnny Logan also had a good game with two hits and two runs.

April 26, 2007

Joe Adcock Homers Twice, Drives in Five in Braves Blowout Win Over Reds

by @ 12:57 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - April

April 26, 1957 at Crosley Field

Braves 9, Reds 2  (7-1)

Joe Adcock was a man on a mission today as the Braves won yet another game in their fantastic start.  He homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the team at the plate.  Del Crandall also had a nice game and he had two hits including a homerun with two runs and an RBI.  Shortstop Johnny Logan also went yard and he drove in two runs.

Warren Spahn went the distance and he improved to a still perfect 3-0.  He gave up two runs on nine hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

April 24, 2007

Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews Power Braves to Win Over Cardinals

by @ 12:49 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - April

April 24, 1957 at County Stadium

Braves 8, Cardinals 7  (6-1)

The Braves scored eight runs today and they needed every one of them in their 8-7 win over the Cardinals.  Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron both hit three run shots and the other runs were on solo shots by Joe Adcock and Del Crandall.

Ray Crone was roughed up in his start.  He gave up four runs on five hits and two walks in only three innings of work.  Taylor Phillips picked him up though with six innings of solid relief.  He gave up three runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts to pick up the win.

April 23, 2007

Braves Lose First Game of Season in Ten Innings Pitchers Dual

by @ 12:39 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - April

April 23, 1957 at County Stadium

Cubs 3, Braves 2  (5-1)

Lew Burdette was on the short of a great start as the Braves lost their first game of the season.  He pitched all ten innings and he gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks with four strikouts.  Unfortunately he dropped to 1-1 on the season.  In his win, he needed to pitch a shutout to walk away with a 1-0 win the week before so Burdette has really had to work.

Bill Bruton had three hits and an RBI while Hank Aaron had two hits and a run.  The Braves stranded 12 runners so they had plenty of chances, they just couldn’t capitalize.

April 22, 2007

Hank Aaron Hits Braves to Blowout Win Over Cubs

by @ 12:36 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - April

April 22, 1957 at County Stadium

Braves 9, Cubs 4  (5-0)

The Braves turned on the offense in their fifth straight win to open up the season.  Hank Aaron led the way for the Braves with his second homerun of the season.  He finished with two hits, two RBIs and three runs.  Bill Bruton was a perfect three for three with two RBIs and a run.

Bob Buhl coasted to his first win of the season and he improved to 1-0.  He gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in seven innings of work.  Gene Conley gave up a run in two innings of work and he picked up his first save of the season.

April 21, 2007

Warren Spahn Pitches Braves to Fourth Straight Win

by @ 12:33 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - April

April 21, 1957 at County Stadium

Braves 3, Reds 1  (4-0)

Warren Spahn won his second straight to open up the season in a complete game.  He gave up his share of hits with nine and he walked two but only one run crossed the plate in the low scoring contest.

Joe Adcock had a nice game for the Braves.  He went three for four with an RBI.  Del Crandall doubled and he drove in two runs with a single in the fourth inning.

April 20, 2007

Braves Edge Reds for Third Straight Win

by @ 12:28 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - April

April 20, 1957 at County Stadium

Braves 5, Reds 4  (3-0)

The Braves held off a late inning surge by the Reds and squeaked out their third straight win of the season.  Ray Crone picked up the win but he got into trouble in the eighth inning when he gave up two runs.  Red Murff slammed the door shut though and he threw 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief.  Crone gave up four runs on ten hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of work.

Bobby Thomson tripled home two runs and catcher Del Crandall had three hits, an RBI and two runs to lead the way for the Braves at the plate.  Danny O’Connell also had three hits in the game and he drove in one.

April 18, 2007

Lew Burdette Wins Pitcher’s Duel Over Reds

by @ 12:25 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - April

April 18, 1957 at County Stadium

Braves 1, Reds 0  (2-0)

The Braves won their home opener and it was their second straight win to open up the season.  Lew Burdette held the Reds scoreless and he gave up six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

Hank Aaron accounted for the only run of the game.  His solo shot in the sixth inning was the difference in the win.  Bill Bruton singled twice and had the only multihit game for the Braves.

April 14, 2007

Warren Spahn Holds Cubs to Four Hits in Season Opener

by @ 12:18 pm. Filed under 1957 Braves, 1957 Braves Diary - April

April 14, 1957 at Wrigley Field

Braves 4, Cubs 1  (1-0)

Warren Spahn was virtually unhittable as he held the Cubs to a single run on four hits.  He gave up only one walk and he struck out five.

Johnny Logan had the big hit for the Braves.   He hit a two run homerun in the sixth inning.  Hank Aaron had two hits and a run while Eddie Mathews tripled, scored and drove in a run.  All four Braves’ runs were scored in the sixth inning.

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