1961 Game 32: Kansas City Athletics (13-14) @ Minnesota Twins (17-14)

Saturday May 20, 1961

Twins 2, A’s 0

Five days before, Camilo Pascual pitched a five-hit shut out against the Chicago White Sox. On Saturday at Met Stadium, Pascual mirrored that performance in the rubber game against the Kansas City A’s.

It was a welcome streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings for Pascual, whose rough start was starting to make the organization wonder whether they would ever see the old Pascual again. Players always feel good about themselves during a streak of success, and Pascual was no exception:

“I found control of my curveball and I am pitching in an easier rhythm.”

Manager Cookie Lavagetto seemed even more heartened considering the pitching difficulties of most of his staff early in the 1961 season.

“Now Upper Midwest fans are starting to see the real Pascual.”

Harmon Killebrew’s first inning home run was all the offense the Twins needed, though they did add an insurance run in the ninth on Bob Allison’s sacrifice fly.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  34   23   11    0  .676     -   209  133
Cleveland Indians               32   18   14    0  .563   4.0   140  119
Minnesota Twins                 32   18   14    0  .563   4.0   160  158
New York Yankees                31   16   14    1  .533   5.0   141  135
Baltimore Orioles               34   17   16    1  .515   5.5   154  155
Kansas City Athletics           28   13   15    0  .464   7.0   127  148
Washington Senators             34   15   19    0  .441   8.0    98  122
Boston Red Sox                  30   13   17    0  .433   8.0   103  135
Chicago White Sox               31   13   18    0  .419   8.5   135  142
Los Angeles Angels              30   11   19    0  .367  10.0   123  143

Cleveland comes to town for a three-game series that will played over the course of two days.

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