1961 Games 42 & 43: Minnesota Twins (19-22) @ Cleveland Indians (24-17)

Tuesday May 30, 1961

Indians 4, Twins 3
Indians 7, Twins 5

The Twins ran the current losing streak to five games with losses on both ends of a Tuesday doubleheader against the Indians. More disturbingly, the team has dropped 10 of its last 11 games and have dropped from second place in the American League all the way to seventh place.

The Twins led game one 3-0. Zoilo Versalles knocked in the game’s first run with a triple in the third inning. He later scored when Lenny Green grounded to second base. The Twins added the third run on Earl Battey’s RBI double in the sixth. All of the scoring came at the expense of starting pitcher Wynn Hawkins.

The Indians finally got to Camilo Pascual in the bottom of the seventh. A single and a walk led to Woodie Held’s RBI single. They added another run in the seventh, one in the eighth on Vic Power’s sacrifice fly, and won the game in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by pinch hitter Don Dillard.

Cleveland jumped all over Pedro Ramos in the night cap, scoring three runs in the first and three more in the fourth. In all, Ramos allowed six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The Twins came back and made it interesting with a five run sixth, which was capped by Bob Allison’s two-run home run off of Indians’ starter Mudcat Grant.

That was as close as the Twins would get, however. The Indians added an insurance run and completed the sweep.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  44   29   15    0  .659     -   262  182
Cleveland Indians               43   26   17    0  .605   2.5   207  163
Baltimore Orioles               45   25   19    1  .568   4.0   190  188
New York Yankees                40   22   17    1  .564   4.5   191  170
Washington Senators             44   22   22    0  .500   7.0   159  157
Kansas City Athletics           38   18   20    0  .474   8.0   173  204
Minnesota Twins                 43   19   24    0  .442   9.5   197  227
Boston Red Sox                  39   17   22    0  .436   9.5   136  170
Los Angeles Angels              40   15   25    0  .375  12.0   168  199
Chicago White Sox               42   15   27    0  .357  13.0   170  193

The next game is Friday – the continuation of a brutal stretch of ten road games against the top three teams in the AL – the two completed against Cleveland, four at Detroit and four at New York.

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