1965 World Series Game 2

Thursday October 7, 1965
Metropolitan Stadium

Rain had soaked the Twin cities almost since the end of Game 1, making it necessary for helicopters to hover over the field in an attempt to dry it just before Game 2. The buzz was about the return of Koufax to the mound for the favored Dodgers, but the news after Game 2 was about a different left-handed pitcher entirely.

A Minnesota record crowd of 48,700 braved the chilled October afternoon in Bloomington to see their Twins take a 2-0 lead in the series. Koufax controlled the early portion of the game, not allowing a Twins hit until the fourth inning. Jim Kaat, however, did him one better by not allowing a Dodger hit before the fifth inning.

The game was scoreless until the sixth, when the Twins finally got to Koufax. With Versalles at second as a result of an error and a Nossek sacrifice bunt, the Twins rattled three consecutive hits off of Koufax. Tony Oliva’s double knocked in the first run of the game, followed by Harmon Killebrew’s single that plated Oliva. Killebrew was stranded, but as it turned out the two runs scored in the sixth were enough for Kaat, who went nine innings and allowed just a single run on seven hits.

The Twins added insurance runs, most notably two on a two-RBI single by the man of the day in the eighth inning. Jim Kaat had just nine RBI during the regular season, but knocked in two in his Game 2 victory.

The game might have gone differently had Bob Allison not made great diving catch along the left field line in the fifth inning. The Dodgers had a man on and nobody out when Jim Lefebvre lined a Kaat pitch for what looked to be a sure extra base hit down the line. Allison somehow got to the line and made the catch with one final lunge that sent him diving into the wet turf. Had the ball gotten by him, the complexion of the game might have changed entirely.



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