1961 Game 14: Minnesota Twins (9-4) @ Los Angeles Angels (2-8)

Saturday April 29, 1961

Angels 4, Twins 1

A sparse crowd of just over 5,000 was on hand at Wrigley Field to witness the Angels’ start their first winning streak. They did it at the expense of the Minnesota Twins, who had been one of baseball’s best teams for the first two weeks of the season. On this afternoon, the Twins’ lineup was held off balance by Ken McBride. The Angels’ pitcher threw a complete game, allowing just one run on five scattered hits.

The lone Twins’ run came on a 4th inning Earl Battey home run – the only extra base hit of the afternoon for the Twins.

Los Angeles scored right away. In the very first frame, Ken Aspromonte hit a two-run home run to deep left field off of Jim Kaat. Kaat settled in for a short time, but gave up another run in the fourth, and was chased from the game when he ran into trouble again in the fifth.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  12    9    3    0  .750     -    75   47
New York Yankees                13    8    4    1  .667   1.0    56   52
Minnesota Twins                 14    9    5    0  .643   1.0    59   68
Baltimore Orioles               15    7    7    1  .500   3.0    60   54
Cleveland Indians               14    7    7    0  .500   3.0    58   60
Boston Red Sox                  12    6    6    0  .500   3.0    41   43
Chicago White Sox               12    6    6    0  .500   3.0    55   54
Kansas City Athletics           11    4    7    0  .364   4.5    66   61
Washington Senators             14    4   10    0  .286   6.0    31   50
Los Angeles Angels              11    3    8    0  .273   5.5    32   44

Up next: The Twins return to Bloomington for an extended 13-game home stand that begins with two games against the Chicago White Sox.

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