Poor hitting has Manager Haney worried. This would be no time for the club to go into a hitting slump. The pitching, of course, is fine. Lew Burdette, the star, sat on the dugout steps and good-naturedly accepted some needling about his alleged fondness for the spitball. "I'm having an awful lot of luck with a pitch I don't even have." He wiped his forehead with his hand and slapped it across his glove a couple of times with ostentatious exaggeration.
Johnny Logan remarked innocently: "It looks like it's going to be a close National League, doesn't it?"
But the game gave the Braves nothing to kid about. Warren Spahn took the mound in expectation of his 200th major league victory. Twenty-seven pitches later he was back in the clubhouse and the Redlegs had a 5-0 lead. They scored seven more times to win shatteringly, 12-2.
Who said the pitching was O.K.? Who said anything was O.K.? There was no joy in the dressing room, nor in Milwaukee. People here don't refer to the Braves; it's always, "we did this today" or "we won yesterday."
The Redlegs spent a lazy morning before getting out to the Milwaukee park that afternoon. The only variation in the dressing room routine was offered by Jimmy Dykes in the shape of an impromptu Charleston in his underwear in front of the lockers.
The game was a dull one as the Redlegs tore the Braves' pitching apart. They really looked like a pennant winner. A key to their success just now is a little Greek who never made it as a shortstop with the Cardinals but who is playing a tremendous third base for Cincinnati: Alex Grammas. Said a Cincinnati writer: "If we'd had him all year, we might be six games ahead by now."
were sprightly and cheerful in the locker room both before and after their game with the Pirates, which they won 4-3. TV viewers on the squad offered sound advice to Sheena of the Jungle before the game ("Duck!") and to Manager Mike Higgins of the Boston Red Sox after it ("Walk Skowron and pitch to McDougald!"). On the field their hitting was far from overpowering but it had spark. In the sixth Robinson squeezed Reese home from third with a perfect sacrifice bunt for what proved to be the winning run. Sal Maglie's splendid curve and pluperfect timing had Pirate batters so off stride that 18 of their 27 outs came on ground balls to the infield. Maglie's earned run average over his last 10 starts was an eye-opening 1.91 runs per game.
was unscheduled. Manager Fred Haney went hunting, Joe Adcock caught eight small trout. Henry Aaron saw a movie. In the late afternoon the club entrained for Chicago.
The Redlegs, also unscheduled, took an overnight train to St. Louis. Some slept well, some complained of "the bouncy ride."