1961 Game 31: Kansas City Athletics (13-13) @ Minnesota Twins (16-14)

Friday May 19, 1961

Twins 11, A’s 1

Dan Dobbek had been a reserve outfielder for the Washington Senators in1959 and 1960. He didn’t get a lot of playing time, and considering that he was the backup to Lenny Green, Jim Lemon, and Bob Allison, he had to take advantage of his opportunities when he got them. He did just that on Friday against the A’s.

It helped that the rest of the team loaded the bases for him in the third inning with no outs and the score tied at zero. Dobbek did the rest when he hit his 13th career home run and his first career grand slam off of Ed Rakow. Don Mincher made it a six-run inning when he launched a two-run shot with one out in the same innings.

The Twins were ahead 7-1 when Dobbek came to bat to lead off the seventh inning. The result was his 14th career home run.

In all, the Twins scored 11 off of the A’s. It was more than enough run support for Jack Kralick, who allowed one run on seven hits in the complete game effort, improving his record to 4-1.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  33   23   10    0  .697     -   206  129
New York Yankees                30   16   13    1  .552   5.0   138  131
Cleveland Indians               31   17   14    0  .548   5.0   136  116
Minnesota Twins                 31   17   14    0  .548   5.0   158  158
Baltimore Orioles               33   16   16    1  .500   6.5   150  152
Kansas City Athletics           27   13   14    0  .481   7.0   127  146
Washington Senators             33   15   18    0  .455   8.0    95  118
Chicago White Sox               31   13   18    0  .419   9.0   135  142
Boston Red Sox                  29   12   17    0  .414   9.0    99  132
Los Angeles Angels              30   11   19    0  .367  10.5   123  143

The two teams wrap up the series on Saturday – Camilo Pascual will pitch against Joe Nuxhall.

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2 Responses to 1961 Game 31: Kansas City Athletics (13-13) @ Minnesota Twins (16-14)

  1. Beau says:

    a little ahead of yourself in the standings…

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