1961 Game 8: Washington Senators (3-4) @ Minnesota Twins (5-2)

Saturday April 22, 1961

Twins 5, Senators 4 – 10 innings

The Minnesota Twins won their first game in Minnesota, but it took them extra innings to do so.

The teams entered the 10th inning tied at 4-4. Bill Pleis allowed just a two out walk in the top half of the inning, and the Twins came to bat with a chance to win the game. Earl Battey started things off with a single. A balk by pitcher Rudy Hernandez gave the Twins’ catcher a free base, and brought in a new pitcher – Dave Sisler – who promptly issued an intentional walk to Reno Bertoia to keep the double play in order with the Twins’ 8 and 9 hitters due up. Billy Gardner sacrificed the runners over, and the Twins won the game when Zoilo Versalles hit a flyball to centerfield, deep enough to score Battey from third base.

Don Mincher hit his third home run of the season in the sixth inning. The Senators scores three of their four runs on home runs, a two run shot by Dale Long in the sixth and a solo home run by Willie Tasby in the second.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                   6    5    1    0  .833     -    43   18
Minnesota Twins                  8    6    2    0  .750     -    36   30
New York Yankees                 8    5    2    1  .714   0.5    31   28
Cleveland Indians                8    4    4    0  .500   2.0    30   35
Boston Red Sox                   6    3    3    0  .500   2.0    19   19
Chicago White Sox                7    3    4    0  .429   2.5    23   33
Kansas City Athletics            5    2    3    0  .400   2.5    16   17
Washington Senators              8    3    5    0  .375   3.0    26   28
Baltimore Orioles                8    2    5    1  .286   3.5    33   38
Los Angeles Angels               6    1    5    0  .167   4.0    17   28

The series ends on Sunday – pitching matchup is Jack Kralick vs. Dick Donovan.

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