1961 Game 21: Boston Red Sox (7-10) @ Minnesota Twins (11-9)

Sunday May 7, 1961

Red Sox 11, Twins 9

Boston had lost four consecutive games and were still without one of their better players, Jackie Jensen, who had left the team about a week earlier after an extended slump was exacerbated by a leg injury.

In Jensen’s absence, it was a rookie with Minnesota ties that powered the Sox to victory over the Twins. With the home team ahead 3-2 in the top of the third inning, the Sox loaded the bases against Camilo Pascual on a single, an error, and a walk. Enter Chuck Schilling, who Twins’ fans likely remembered from a year before when he played with the Minneapolis Millers.

Schilling wasn’t known for his power, but in front of familiar fans he made the most of the bases loaded opportunity, cracking a grand slam in what he claimed was his second grand slam of his life. Schilling added another pair of RBI’s on a double in the eighth inning, bringing his game total to six.

The Twins never came closer than two runs to the lead despite the fact that the offense accounted for nine runs. Harmon Killebrew, returning to form after the early season injury, hit a pair of home runs to bring his season total to five.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  21   16    5    0  .762     -   133   82
New York Yankees                21   13    7    1  .650   2.5    90   80
Baltimore Orioles               22   11   10    1  .524   5.0    97   89
Cleveland Indians               21   11   10    0  .524   5.0    86   81
Minnesota Twins                 21   11   10    0  .524   5.0    91  108
Kansas City Athletics           17    8    9    0  .471   6.0    94   91
Boston Red Sox                  18    8   10    0  .444   6.5    70   85
Los Angeles Angels              19    7   12    0  .368   8.0    74   83
Washington Senators             22    8   14    0  .364   8.5    55   80
Chicago White Sox               20    7   13    0  .350   8.5    91  102

Next up is a three game series with Baltimore starting on Tuesday. Pedro Ramos and Chuck Estrada will pitch game one at the Met.

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