Monday, June 16, at Chicago—Harry Taylor ended the Dodgers’ five-game slide with a six-hit 2–1 victory over the Cubs. Both Dodgers runs off loser Doyle Lade—in the second and the fifth—were unearned, the result of errors by first baseman Eddie Waitkus. A bases-loaded walk to Jackie Robinson and a single by Duke Snider drove in the runs. Chicago got its only run in the first inning. 28–25, Fourth, 2½ games behind.
Tuesday, June 17, at Chicago—Rained out. The Dodgers sent outfielder Marv Rackley and pitcher Ed Chandler to the Minors. 28–25, Fourth, 3 games behind.
Wednesday, June 18, at Chicago—Rookie catcher Gil Hodges broke a seventh-inning 3–3 tie with his first Major League home run. It came off veteran Hank Borowy and gave Joe Hatten, who had relieved starter Rex Barney, his seventh win of the season. The Dodgers added a run in the eighth to make the final score 5–3. Hugh Casey pitched two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief. 29–25, Fourth, 2 games behind.
Thursday, June 19, at Chicago—Brooklyn completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs as Ralph Branca defeated Dodgers nemesis Johnny Schmitz, 5–1. Shut out for five innings, the Dodgers scored two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh. Pee Wee Reese, batting third in Burt Shotton’s revised lineup, had a single, double, and triple. 30–25, Third, 1½ games behind.
Friday, June 20—Not scheduled. 30–25, Third (T), 1 game behind.
Saturday, June 21, at Cincinnati—Harry Taylor took a 4–1 lead into the sixth inning, but the Reds scored four runs to go ahead, 5–4. The Dodgers then scored two in the seventh off Harry Gumbert, in relief of Johnny Vander Meer, to win 6–5 and move into second place. Hugh Casey pitched the final three and two-thirds innings for the win. 31–25, Second, 1 game behind.
Sunday, June 22, at Cincinnati (2)—Ewell Blackwell nearly duplicated his teammate Johnny Vander Meer’s feat of pitching consecutive no-hitters. After no-hitting Boston in his previous start, Blackwell held Brooklyn hitless for eight innings in the first game of the doubleheader. But Eddie Stanky singled with one out in the ninth, and after Al Gionfriddo made the second out, Jackie Robinson also singled. Blackwell had to settle for a twohit shutout. Joe Hatten was the loser in the 4–0 defeat. In the second game, the Dodgers built up a 9–2 lead and held on to win, 9–8. Carl Furillo’s grand slam and seven runs batted in led the Brooklyn offense. Vic Lombardi, in relief of starter Rex Barney, got the win. Bucky Walters, the first of six Reds pitchers, took the loss. 32–26, Third, 1½ games behind.
Monday, June 23—Not scheduled. 32–26, Second, 1 game behind.
Tuesday, June 24, at Pittsburgh—With the score tied at 2–2 in the fifth inning, Jackie Robinson stole home off Pirates veteran left-hander Fritz Ostermueller. It proved to be the game winner, although the Dodgers later added another run to