1961 Game 3: Minnesota Twins (2-0) @ Baltimore Orioles (0-2)

Saturday April 15, 1961

Orioles 8, Twins 0

Steve Barber allowed just five hits in his shut out of Minnesota, the first loss in Twins history. After the offense, which scored three runs of starter Chuck Stobbs in the second, and three more off of Ted Sadowski in the third inning, Barber’s best asset was the Baltimore defense, which turned four double plays behind him.

It was an ugly game for the Twins, even more so than the score would suggest:

“…the Twins were further hobbled when slugger Harmon Killebrew pulled a hamstring muscle in his left leg running to first base in the ninth inning of the April 15 game against Baltimore. Trainer Doc Lentz said Killebrew would be out three weeks.” – Tom Briere, The Sporting News.


The one bright spot for the Twins was the performance of Zoilo Versalles, who went 2-for-4 and has a .926 OPS through the first three games.

Up next: The Twins will play two against the Orioles on Sunday. Pitching matchups for Game 1: Pedro Ramos v. Chuck Estrada; Game 2: Jack Kralick v. Hal Brown.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Cleveland Indians                3    2    1    0  .667     -    14    9
Detroit Tigers                   3    2    1    0  .667     -    18   11
Minnesota Twins                  3    2    1    0  .667     -     9   10
Boston Red Sox                   2    1    1    0  .500   0.5     5    5
Los Angeles Angels               2    1    1    0  .500   0.5     7    5
New York Yankees                 2    1    1    0  .500   0.5     5    9
Kansas City Athletics            2    1    1    0  .500   0.5     8    7
Baltimore Orioles                3    1    2    0  .333   1.0    12   10
Chicago White Sox                3    1    2    0  .333   1.0     6   16
Washington Senators              3    1    2    0  .333   1.0     7    9
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