Monday, June 30, at Philadelphia—Brooklyn had fourteen hits to defeat Schoolboy Rowe, 7–4, ending Rowe’s thirteen-game winning streak at Shibe Park. Carl Furillo had two doubles and a triple, raising his batting average to .342. Jackie Robinson and Philadelphia’s Del Ennis both extended their hitting streaks: Robinson to seventeen games, and Ennis to nineteen. Rex Barney had a shutout until the eighth inning, when the Phillies scored all their runs. Hank Behrman finished up. 38–28, Second, .002 percentage points behind.
Tuesday, July 1, at Philadelphia—Joe Hatten had a 3–0 lead over the Phillies after five innings but failed to survive the sixth. The Phillies rallied against him and Clyde King for five runs and a 5–3 victory. It was the fifth consecutive start in which Hatten had failed to survive the sixth inning. Arky Vaughan had a two-run homer for Brooklyn in the first inning. Jackie Robinson had a single, extending his hitting streak to eighteen games, but Del Ennis, twice walked intentionally, had his streak end at nineteen. 38–29, Second, .002 percentage points behind.
Wednesday, July 2, vs. New York—Brooklyn moved past the Braves into first place behind Ralph Branca’s eleventh win, an 11–3 pounding of the Giants. Bruce Edwards had a three-run homer in the Dodgers’ nine-run fourth inning, while Arky Vaughan, with a double, and Carl Furillo, with a triple, each drove in two runs in the inning. Jackie Robinson extended his hitting streak to nineteen games. 39–29, First, 1 game ahead.
Thursday, July 3, vs. New York—The Giants used five home runs (two by Bobby Thomson), a ninerun second inning, and a seven-run third to deal the Dodgers their most lopsided defeat of the season. The 19–2 win by New York moved the Giants into second place. Hal Gregg, the first of four Brooklyn pitchers, was the loser. The only bright spot for the Dodgers was Jackie Robinson’s bunt single, which raised his hitting streak to twenty games. 39–30, First, ½ game ahead.
Friday, July 4, vs. New York (2)—Brooklyn won both ends of the holiday doubleheader, smashing the Giants 16–7 in the morning game and nipping them 4–3 in the afternoon contest. Each team used five pitchers in the morning game, with the win going to Hugh Casey. Arky Vaughan, Dixie Walker, and Pee Wee Reese each hit solo home runs in the second game, but the game winner came on Gene Hermanski’s pinch single in the ninth. Unlike the first game, when managers Burt Shotton and Mel Ott each used five pitchers, Harry Taylor and New York’s Mort Cooper pitched complete games. Jackie Robinson’s consecutive-game batting streak reached twenty-one in the morning game, but Cooper ended it in the afternoon. The team sent rookie outfielder Duke Snider to St. Paul of the American Association. 41–30, First, 1 game ahead.
Saturday, July 5, vs. Boston—Bill Voiselle pitched Boston back into first place with a 4–1 victory over Vic Lombardi. Voiselle allowed just six hits, including two apiece by Spider Jorgensen and