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He may have been pridefully talking of his own men, now trying to come from behind in the pennant race. They blew the first to the Giants but came out expecting to win the second without strain behind Don Newcombe. Yet the Giants and Al Worthington held on 1-1 into extra innings. In the 11th, Jackie Robinson choked a rally when he was trapped between first and second, but with two out Carl Furillo took Jackie off the hook with a game-winning homer into the left field seats. The clubhouse afterward was not ecstatic but immensely cheerful. Reese put on a wonderful act of moaning about the official scorer who had called what Reese thought was a base hit an error. Pee Wee climbed into his locker and said feelingly to Hodges, "Lock me in, Gil. Don't let me out where I can get at him." Robinson shouted at Furillo, "Carl Furillio, you home run hitter. I can sleep tonight now. If you hadn't of hit that one I'd of tossed and turned all night, getting myself picked off like that." For the first time all week they seemed to be looking forward to the next day's game.
The Braves were given extra batting practice this morning. They have become the weakest hitting team in the majors.
Their spirit and their hitting were lackluster, and they lost their second game with the Cubs 2-1 despite fine pitching from Burdette. It was their fifth straight defeat, their longest losing sequence of the season.
The clubhouse was like a morgue after the game. Down the bench line the Braves sat, apparently numbed. Even voluble Burdette was not equal to the task of raising spirits. He lit a filter-tip cigaret, took three puffs, flipped it away and said with no spirit at all, "Blank 'em all."
The Redlegs knew that the Braves had lost before their game with the Cardinals, and they were confident of gaining ground on Milwaukee. But they were plastered by St. Louis hits and lost 6-4. Three crucial hits were just missed by McMillan and Temple, although probably no two other National League infielders would even have got as close to the ball as they did. Three former American Leaguers present (Tebbetts, Hutchinson and Dykes) agree that McMillan is the best shortstop they have ever seen. The bespectacled Roy's bony body is a mass of bruises, scrapes and strawberries.
Real dejection settled on the clubhouse afterward.
The Dodgers beat the Giants today. It was a tense and exciting game, but Brooklyn took it like a very good but slightly bored runner who turns on just enough in the stretch to catch an inferior opponent at the tape. In the clubhouse came word of Milwaukee's fifth straight defeat. Duke Snider said, in wonder rather than contempt. "They lost again. Seems as if they just can't score any runs, doesn't it?"
The cheerful Dodgers, whose weariness had noticeably abated day by day during the week, clustered around the TV after the game to watch the National tennis singles. "Look at that serve!" Jackie Robinson shouted. "He missed," Pee Wee Reese said. "You think he'll try a change-up?" Ralph Branca said, "No, he's behind. He'll come in with the curve." In his office Walter Alston, carefully tying his tie, posed smiling for a photographer.