Game 52: Minnesota Twins (19-32) @ Baltimore Orioles (27-25)

Thursday June 8, 1961

Twins 3, Orioles 1

Finally, a win.

After 13 consecutive unsuccessful tries at victory on this road trip, the Twins finally had success.

In this case, Jim Kaat turned out to be the stopper. He wasn’t great – he allowed seven hits and two walks over seven plus innings pitched. With all the baserunners, however, the Orioles only managed to push a single run across. By the time they scored in the eighth inning, the Twins had already built a 3-0 lead.

Billy Martin was the catalyst on offense. In the third inning, he came to bat with a man on and no outs. The result was his first home run of the season – his first as a member of the Minnesota Twins.

The win ends a stretch of 13 losses in a row in which the Twins have been outscored 82-33, or an average of 6.3 runs per game to 2.5. The team has dropped from fifth place at the beginning of the string to 10th, though today’s win brought them back out of the AL cellar. It also ended an overall string of games in which the team dropped 18 of 19 games. When it started, the Twins had an 18-14 record and were in third place in the American League, just four games out of first.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Cleveland Indians               52   34   18    0  .654     -   269  188
Detroit Tigers                  54   34   19    1  .642   0.5   296  217
New York Yankees                51   30   20    1  .600   3.0   260  208
Baltimore Orioles               54   27   26    1  .509   7.5   210  225
Boston Red Sox                  50   24   25    1  .490   8.5   193  218
Kansas City Athletics           49   23   25    1  .479   9.0   230  264
Washington Senators             52   24   28    0  .462  10.0   190  216
Chicago White Sox               48   19   29    0  .396  13.0   203  219
Minnesota Twins                 52   20   32    0  .385  14.0   214  275
Los Angeles Angels              52   19   32    1  .373  14.5   213  248
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