1961 Game 61: Minnesota Twins (24-36) @ Chicago White Sox (26-34)

Saturday June 17, 1961

White Sox 5, Twins 1

It would be hard to say that Chicago hit the ball hard against Jim Kaat in the first inning, but they were effective. After Luis Aparicio to start the inning, the Sox rattled off two infield singles, both the third base, to load the bases. The cleanup hitter, Roy Sievers, drew a walk to score the first run. Al Smith’s sacrifice fly scored the second run. Kaat hit a batter later in the inning, but struck out two to escape with just two runs in.

A single and a walk set the table for the Sox in the fifth inning. After Kaat induces two popouts to give some hope that the Twins might escape the inning, Andy Carey hit a two-run double that made the score 4-0.

The Twins scored a run in the seventh, but that is all Chicago pitching would allow. Juan Pizarro went 6 2/3 innings and allowed the one run on six hits. Warren Hacker finished the game with 2 1/3 innings of shut out baseball.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  63   40   22    1  .645     -   341  260
Cleveland Indians               62   39   23    0  .629   1.0   308  228
New York Yankees                61   37   23    1  .617   2.0   311  250
Baltimore Orioles               63   31   31    1  .500   9.0   247  267
Boston Red Sox                  61   30   30    1  .500   9.0   260  282
Washington Senators             62   30   32    0  .484  10.0   249  270
Kansas City Athletics           59   26   32    1  .448  12.0   274  310
Chicago White Sox               61   27   34    0  .443  12.5   267  272
Minnesota Twins                 61   24   37    0  .393  15.5   258  326
Los Angeles Angels              65   22   42    1  .344  19.0   251  301
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