1961 Game 58: Kansas City Athletics (24-30) @ Minnesota Twins (22-35)

Wednesday June 14, 1961

A’s 9, Twins 2

Holding a 2-0 lead after seven innings of play, the Twins and Camilo Pascual looked to be cruising. The runs had come from an Earl Batter RBI double in the fourth inning, and a Julio Becquer RBI single in the seventh. Pascual had held the A’s scoreless with 13 strikeouts, including a fourth inning in which he struck out the side in order.

It all unraveled in the eighth, however. With two on and one out, Norm Siebern put the A’s in the lead with one swing off of Pacual. After walking the following batter, Pascual’s afternoon was over. He had looked brilliant for most, but four earned runs in his final 1/3 inning of work had blown the lead and the game for the Twins.

Kansas City rattled off four more runs against the Twins’ bullpen in the eighth, and another in the ninth to push the final to 9-2.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Cleveland Indians               59   38   21    0  .644     -   302  220
Detroit Tigers                  60   38   21    1  .644     -   324  238
New York Yankees                58   36   21    1  .632   1.0   296  232
Baltimore Orioles               60   30   29    1  .508   8.0   240  258
Washington Senators             59   29   30    0  .492   9.0   230  248
Boston Red Sox                  58   27   30    1  .474  10.0   230  267
Kansas City Athletics           56   25   30    1  .455  11.0   267  303
Chicago White Sox               58   25   33    0  .431  12.5   258  263
Minnesota Twins                 58   22   36    0  .379  15.5   247  317
Los Angeles Angels              62   21   40    1  .344  18.0   246  294
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