Tuesday, July 15, vs. Pittsburgh (2)—Pittsburgh extended Brooklyn’s losing streak to three games by pounding the Dodgers 12–4 and 9–3. Preacher Roe, who relieved Roger Wolff in the fourth inning of game one, and Jim Bagby Jr., who went all the way in game two, were the winners. Both Brooklyn starters, Harry Taylor and Joe Hatten, were chased early. Wally Westlake batted in seven runs in the opener, three on a bases-loaded double and four on a grand slam off Hugh Casey. Pee Wee Reese had four hits in the second game, and Jackie Robinson had three, but the Dodgers left a combined twenty-four runners on base in the two games. 48–34, First, 2½ games ahead.
Wednesday, July 16, vs. Pittsburgh—The Dodgers returned to their winning ways with a 10–6 win over the Pirates. Hank Behrman won his first game of the season after three losses, two of which came while he was a member of the Pirates. Jackie Robinson, with a single and two doubles, had three of Brooklyn’s fourteen hits, while Dixie Walker had three runs batted in. 49–34, First, 2½ games ahead.
Thursday, July 17, vs. Pittsburgh—The last-place Pirates made it three out of four with a 7–1 rout behind ex-Yankee Mel Queen. Ralph Kiner, Hank Greenberg, and Jimmy Bloodworth each hit solo home runs off Clyde King in the fourth inning to give Pittsburgh a 3–0 lead. The Pirates added four more runs in the seventh against Hal Gregg and Rex Barney. Brooklyn’s lone run came in the eighth on a double by Pete Reiser and a single by Dixie Walker. 49–35, First, 2½ games ahead.
Friday, July 18, vs. St. Louis—Ralph Branca had a perfect game for seven innings before yielding a leadoff single to Enos Slaughter in the eighth. That was the Cardinals’ only hit as Branca shut them out, 7–0. It was his third shutout of the season and his first win over St. Louis after three straight defeats. The batting stars for Brooklyn were Eddie Stanky, with three hits, including two doubles and a triple, and two runs batted in, and Jackie Robinson, who homered and drove in three runs. 50–35, First, 3 games ahead.
Saturday, July 19, vs. St. Louis—The Cardinals had fourteen hits, twelve off starter Vic Lombardi, in a 7–5 victory that moved them to within four and a half games of the first-place Dodgers. Murry Dickson, in relief of Howie Pollet, was the winner. The highlight for the fans was Jackie Robinson’s steal of home, which was part of a double steal, with Dixie Walker swiping second. 50–36, First, 2½ games ahead.
Sunday, July 20, vs. St. Louis—In the top of the ninth with the Cardinals ahead 2–0, Ron Northey hit a high fly to deep right center. Center fielder Pete Reiser jumped for the ball but failed to make the catch, and the ball dropped back on the field. Right fielder Dixie Walker then relayed it to Eddie Stanky, whose throw to catcher Bruce Edwards nailed Northey at the plate. First base umpire Larry Goetz ruled the ball in play, but third base umpire Beans Reardon had signaled to Northey that it was a home run. Northey then slowed down, and he was ruled out at the plate. In the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers scored three runs to “win” the