1961 Game 56: Minnesota Twins (21-34) @ Boston Red Sox (26-28)

Monday June 12, 1961

Red Sox 10, Twins 8

On the final day of Cookie Lavagetto’s “vacation” from baseball, Sam Mele was unable to lead the team to victory. There were some positive signs for the Twins, but overall the road trip came to an end the way it started – with a loss.

The Red Sox knocked around Twins pitchers early. Gerry Arrigo, the starter, did not last two innings. Bill Pleis only lasted two. It wasn’t until Chuck Stobbs came to relieve Pleis with two outs in the fourth that a Twins pitcher began to retire Red Sox consistently. By that time, the Red Sox had singled their way to an 8-2 lead.

The positives for the Twins came in the form of three home runs and eight runs scored. Harmon Killebrew (14), Earl Battey (4), and Billy Martin all went long for the Twins. Killebrew was particularly good, going 5-for-6 with four runs batted in.

It was, of course, not enough, and the Twins fell short. It was more fight than they had shown on much of the road trip, as evidenced by the 2-16 record they are bringing home.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Cleveland Indians               57   37   20    0  .649     -   290  207
New York Yankees                56   35   20    1  .636   1.0   283  220
Detroit Tigers                  58   36   21    1  .632   1.0   313  235
Baltimore Orioles               58   29   28    1  .509   8.0   231  246
Washington Senators             57   28   29    0  .491   9.0   218  239
Boston Red Sox                  56   27   28    1  .491   9.0   227  256
Kansas City Athletics           54   24   29    1  .453  11.0   252  293
Chicago White Sox               54   21   33    0  .389  14.5   233  251
Minnesota Twins                 56   21   35    0  .375  15.5   237  302
Los Angeles Angels              58   21   36    1  .368  16.0   234  269
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2 Responses to 1961 Game 56: Minnesota Twins (21-34) @ Boston Red Sox (26-28)

  1. Beau says:

    Happy Birthday, sir

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