Wednesday October 13, 1965
Game 6 was a continuation of the storyline that had been established by the first five games, characterized by TSN as a series in which “the home team is always the hero and the visitors are always bumbling villains.”
The hero, as has also been tradition in this series, was the starting pitcher for the home team. Mudcat Grant was working on short rest and had been struggling through a cold, so the stage seemed to be set for him to struggle. Instead, Grant’s pitching and hitting was the key to forcing a seventh game.
Grant and his Dodger counterpart, Claude Osteen, exchanged scoreless innings through three. Grant would have been perfect through three had it not been for a third inning error charged to third baseman Harmon Killebrew that allowed Johnny Roseboro to reach. The runner was erased by a strikeout/throwout double play, and Grant faced the minimum through four.
Roseboro’s steal attempt was the only for the Dodgers in the game. After running their way into three wins at their home field, the Dodgers came to the Met to find that the infield had been sprinkled heavily with sand in an attempt to slow down their running game. Los Angeles protested before the game, resulting in some of the sand being removed. Still, there was enough left that the Dodgers basically left their running game at home.
The scoreless tie was finally broken when Bob Allison, breaking out of a streak in which he had struck out in seven of ten plate appearances, knocked a two-run home run to left field.
Grant continued to retire Dodgers, but landed in his first real trouble in the sixth inning when the Dodgers put runners at first and second with one out. Grant escaped with a couple of pop flies before putting the game away with his bat in the bottom of the inning. With Allison at second base and two out, the Dodgers elected to give Frank Quilici and intentional pass to face Grant’s spot in the lineup. The hope may have been that Grant would be removed, but at the very least the Dodgers expected a quick end to the inning. Instead, Grant drove a Howie Reed pitch into left-center field, 392 feet for a three-run home run and a 5-0 Twins lead.
Ron Fairly led off the seventh with a solo home run, but it was really too little too late for the Dodgers. Grant shut the Dodgers down the rest of the way for a 5-1 Twins win that forced Game 7.