1961 Game 157: Cleveland Indians (76-80) @ Minnesota Twins (69-86)

September 22, 2010

Wednesday September 27, 1961

Twins 10, Indians 4

The Twins put on a show for the 2,992 fans who braved the cold to see them in the final week of the inagural season in Minnesota.

Al Schroll was brilliant on the mound for the Twins. His only blemishes in the first eight innings were a pair of walks (one of which was erased by a ground ball double play), and a hit batter. Cleveland couldn’t get anything else going until the ninth inning, when a single broke up the no-hit bid and a bases-loaded triple by Tito Francona ended the shut out.

Fortunately for the Twins, there was plenty of cushion before the ninth. Billy Martin’s solo home run (5) in the bottom of the third started the outburst. After a Zolio Versalles RBI single in the fourth inning made the score 2-0, the Twins decided to bunch a few runs in the sixth inning. Six hits, a walk, a wild pitch, and a throwing error helped lead the team to a six-run inning. The Twins added a few more runs, including one on Harmon Killebrew’s 45th home run of the season.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               160  106   53    1  .667     -   821  610
Detroit Tigers                 160   98   61    1  .616   8.0   821  660
Baltimore Orioles              161   93   67    1  .581  13.5   684  583
Chicago White Sox              161   86   74    1  .538  20.5   760  719
Cleveland Indians              157   76   81    0  .484  29.0   707  725
Boston Red Sox                 160   76   83    1  .478  30.0   727  786
Minnesota Twins                157   70   86    1  .449  34.5   691  746
Los Angeles Angels             158   67   90    1  .427  38.0   709  762
Kansas City Athletics          159   60   98    1  .380  45.5   676  854
Washington Senators            157   59   98    0  .376  46.0   605  756

1961 Game 156: Cleveland Indians (75-80) @ Minnesota Twins (69-85)

September 21, 2010

Tuesday September 26, 1961

Indians 7, Twins 3

Cleveland jumped out to an early lead against Jack Kralick, scoring three runs over the first two innings. They did most of the damage with five singles, though two walks issued did not help matters for the home team.

Though Kralick settled down and held the Indians scoreless from there, he was out of the game by the seventh inning. The Twins’ bullpen picked up where he left off in the early innings. Cleveland put together a run on three more singles in the top of the seventh, then scored three in the eighth with the help of a Tito Francona double and a throwing error charged to Billy Martin.

The three-run home run by Zoilo Versalles (7) in the bottom of the eighth was too-little-too-late from a Twins’ perspective.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               159  106   52    1  .671     -   819  607
Detroit Tigers                 159   97   61    1  .614   9.0   811  658
Baltimore Orioles              160   92   67    1  .579  14.5   681  581
Chicago White Sox              160   86   73    1  .541  20.5   756  713
Cleveland Indians              156   76   80    0  .487  29.0   703  715
Boston Red Sox                 159   75   83    1  .475  31.0   721  782
Minnesota Twins                156   69   86    1  .445  35.5   681  742
Los Angeles Angels             157   66   90    1  .423  39.0   701  756
Kansas City Athletics          158   60   97    1  .382  45.5   674  844
Washington Senators            156   59   97    0  .378  46.0   599  748

1961 Game 155: Washington Senators (57-97) @ Minnesota Twins (69-84)

September 19, 2010

Sunday September 24, 1961

Senators 4, Twins 1

Jim Donovan held the Twins to just one hit, a seventh inning solo home run by Joe Altobelli (3). Aside from a pair of walks, that is all the offense the home team could muster.

Washington’s two runs in the fourth inning would have been enough. They came on four consecutive one-out singles off of Jim Kaat. The Senators added a run in the sixth and another in the eighth to make the final 4-1.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               158  105   52    1  .669     -   816  605
Detroit Tigers                 156   96   59    1  .619   8.0   797  640
Baltimore Orioles              159   92   66    1  .582  13.5   679  578
Chicago White Sox              158   85   72    1  .541  20.0   744  701
Cleveland Indians              155   75   80    0  .484  29.0   696  712
Boston Red Sox                 157   74   82    1  .474  30.5   709  770
Minnesota Twins                155   69   85    1  .448  34.5   678  735
Los Angeles Angels             156   66   89    1  .426  38.0   699  753
Kansas City Athletics          155   58   96    1  .377  45.5   656  830
Washington Senators            155   58   97    0  .374  46.0   596  746

1961 Games 153 & 154: Washington Senators (56-96) @ Minnesota Twins (68-83)

September 18, 2010

Saturday September 23, 1961

Senators 6, Twins 4
Twins 10, Senators 0

Pedro Ramos added two more home runs allowed to his league leading total, bringing the number to 39. The second of the two was the most costly. With his team trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Ramos issued three walks to load the bases with two outs. Jim King stepped to the plate and took Ramos deep to right field for a grand slam. It was the last pitch Ramos threw on the day, and was essentially the end of game one.

Despite the game one loss, the Twins must have left the Met with a good feeling after game two. Camilo Pascual pitched a two-hit shut out, bringing his season record to 15-15. He walked two and struck out nine in the effort; his AL-leading eighth shutout of the season. The Twins’ offense gave him plenty of support, scoring 10 runs in total, including Harmon Killebrew’s 44th home run of the season in the eighth inning.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               157  105   51    1  .673     -   815  602
Detroit Tigers                 155   95   59    1  .617   9.0   790  635
Baltimore Orioles              157   91   65    1  .583  14.0   667  567
Chicago White Sox              156   84   71    1  .542  20.5   733  689
Cleveland Indians              155   75   80    0  .484  29.5   696  712
Boston Red Sox                 156   73   82    1  .471  31.5   706  769
Minnesota Twins                154   69   84    1  .451  34.5   677  731
Los Angeles Angels             155   66   88    1  .429  38.0   694  746
Kansas City Athletics          155   58   96    1  .377  46.0   656  830
Washington Senators            154   57   97    0  .370  47.0   592  745

1961 Game 152: Minnesota Twins (67-83) @ Washington Senators (56-95)

September 16, 2010

Thursday September 21, 1961

Twins 6, Senators 3

Harmon Killebrew’s two-run single capped off a three-run fifth inning for the Twins, who bunched three more runs over the course of the next two innings on the way to an eventual 6-3 win over the Senators in Washington. Zoilo Versalles knocked in two runs with his sixth inning single, and Killebrew led off the seventh with a triple, scoring on a Joe Altobelli double to add the Twins’ sixth run.

Jack Kralick pitched 5 1/3 innings to earn his 13th win of the season. Don Lee came on in the sixth and finished the game for the Twins.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               156  104   51    1  .671     -   807  599
Detroit Tigers                 153   93   59    1  .612   9.5   780  629
Baltimore Orioles              156   90   65    1  .581  14.0   659  561
Chicago White Sox              155   84   70    1  .545  19.5   727  681
Cleveland Indians              153   74   79    0  .484  29.0   684  703
Boston Red Sox                 155   73   81    1  .474  30.5   703  761
Minnesota Twins                152   68   83    1  .450  34.0   663  725
Los Angeles Angels             153   66   86    1  .434  36.5   688  736
Kansas City Athletics          153   57   95    1  .375  45.5   647  818
Washington Senators            152   56   96    0  .368  46.5   586  731

1961 Game 151: Minnesota Twins (66-83) @ Washington Senators (56-94)

September 14, 2010

Tuesday September 19, 1961

Twins 3, Senators 1

The Twin did not have a lot of success in their former home in 1961. Jim Kaat made sure they could boast at least a little with a one-run complete game victory over the the new Washington Senators. It was only the second win against five losses for the former Nats in their old ballpark.

Kaat allowed just six hits – five of which were singles. He walked two and struck out six in one of his personal best performances of the season.

The offense scored two in the second inning. Earl Battey led the inning off with a double. He came home to score on Bill Tuttle’s triple, and Tuttle, in turn, came home on a Zoilo Versalles single. Versalles added another RBI single in the seventh to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Twins.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               154  103   50    1  .673     -   800  592
Detroit Tigers                 152   92   59    1  .609  10.0   774  626
Baltimore Orioles              154   89   64    1  .582  14.0   652  554
Chicago White Sox              154   83   70    1  .542  20.0   724  680
Cleveland Indians              152   74   78    0  .487  28.5   682  699
Boston Red Sox                 154   73   80    1  .477  30.0   702  758
Minnesota Twins                151   67   83    1  .447  34.5   657  722
Los Angeles Angels             152   66   85    1  .437  36.0   685  730
Kansas City Athletics          152   56   95    1  .371  46.0   643  816
Washington Senators            151   56   95    0  .371  46.0   583  725

1961 Games 149 & 150: Minnesota Twins (64-83) @ Cleveland Indians (73-75)

September 12, 2010

Sunday September 17, 1961

Twins 5, Indians 0
Twins 5, Indians 3

Camilo Pascual allowed eight hits in the first game of the double header, but only one of those was for extra bases. He struck out nine on the way to his seventh shut out of the season. Joe Altobelli knocked in three of the Twins’ five runs, including a solo home run (2).

The Twins only managed six hits in the second game, all of them singles, but drew six walks and scored five against the Indians, whose starter was Mudcat Grant – a pitcher who had given the Twins fits in the past.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               152  102   49    1  .675     -   797  590
Detroit Tigers                 151   91   59    1  .607  10.5   768  624
Baltimore Orioles              152   88   63    1  .583  14.0   650  551
Chicago White Sox              153   82   70    1  .539  20.5   719  679
Cleveland Indians              150   73   77    0  .487  28.5   676  691
Boston Red Sox                 153   73   79    1  .480  29.5   701  753
Minnesota Twins                150   66   83    1  .443  35.0   654  721
Los Angeles Angels             151   66   84    1  .440  35.5   683  724
Washington Senators            150   56   94    0  .373  45.5   582  722
Kansas City Athletics          150   55   94    1  .369  46.0   635  810

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