1961 Game 39: Minnesota Twins (19-19) @ Washington Senators (18-22)

Friday May 26, 1961

Senators 4, Twins 3

Washington writers had dubbed the first meeting in Washington between the old Senators and the new Senators the “World Series.” 14,000 plus turned out on Friday to see the first game – the Nats had been drawing between 2,000 and 7,000 for most games.

Joe McClain pitched a complete game in which he allowed seven hits. One of those hits came off the bat of Lenny Green, who extended his league best hitting streak to 23 games.

The Twins carried a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Jim Kaat gave up a pair of one out singles, then loaded the bases on an error charged to Don Mincher, who took over at first base after pinch hitting for Reno Bertoia in the top of the frame. With the bases loaded, Harry Bright singled to score two and give Washington the lead, 4-3.

Kaat finished the game, allowing just one more hit. The Twins managed a couple off of McClain, but always with two outs.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  40   27   13    0  .675     -   244  156
Cleveland Indians               38   23   15    0  .605   3.0   178  139
New York Yankees                36   20   15    1  .571   4.5   164  148
Baltimore Orioles               41   22   18    1  .550   5.0   177  178
Minnesota Twins                 39   19   20    0  .487   7.5   181  196
Washington Senators             41   19   22    0  .463   8.5   134  148
Kansas City Athletics           33   15   18    0  .455   8.5   145  178
Boston Red Sox                  35   15   20    0  .429   9.5   122  152
Los Angeles Angels              37   14   23    0  .378  11.5   153  184
Chicago White Sox               38   14   24    0  .368  12.0   152  171

Saturday’s game will feature Ed Palmquist against Hal Woodeshick.

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