1961 Game 83: Minnesota Twins (33-49) @ Washington Senators (37-45)

Saturday July 8, 1961

Senators 3, Twins 2

The Twins seemed to have everything going for them. Up 2-0 (thanks, in part, to Harmon Killebrew’s 26th home run of the season) with Jack Kralick seemingly cruising through his first seven innings of work, allowing no runs on six hits with five strikeouts.

Then, it all fell apart. Kralick allowed a double to the first batter he faced in the eighth inning: Chuck Cottier. With one out, Danny O’Connell tripled to put the Nats on the board. With the score 2-1 Twins, Kralick’s game was over.

Jim Kaat was called upon to try and strand the runner at third with only one out. He promptly gave up a single to Billy Klaus that tied the game. Two batters and one hit later, with Ray Moore on the mound, Washington took the lead on an RBI single by Willie Tasby.

The Twins mounted no offense in the final innings and lost a tough game 3-2.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees                81   52   28    1  .650     -   443  320
Detroit Tigers                  84   53   30    1  .639   0.5   447  363
Baltimore Orioles               85   47   37    1  .560   7.0   369  341
Cleveland Indians               84   47   37    0  .560   7.0   393  348
Chicago White Sox               84   40   44    0  .476  14.0   398  389
Boston Red Sox                  84   39   44    1  .470  14.5   369  429
Washington Senators             83   38   45    0  .458  15.5   338  375
Los Angeles Angels              85   35   49    1  .417  19.0   377  397
Minnesota Twins                 83   33   50    0  .398  20.5   370  453
Kansas City Athletics           83   31   51    1  .378  22.0   361  450
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