1961 Game 129: New York Yankees (86-43) @ Minnesota Twins (55-73)

Tuesday August 29, 1961

Twins 3, Yankees 0

The Yankees are the most feared team in the league, and two of their sluggers, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, came into the series against the Twins on a record pace for home runs. Maris and Mantle remained stuck at 51 and 46 respectively, however, after game one thanks to the pitching performance of Camilo Pascual.

Pascual struck Mantle out three times. In total, the M & M Boys went 1-for-7 with a walk on the day. Pascual allowed just four hits and struck out nine on the way to the shut out. It was only the fifth time all season that the Yankees had been held scoreless.

Earl Battey knocked in two of the Twins’ three runs with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning. Billy Martin started the scoring against his former team with a sacrifice fly.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               131   86   44    1  .662     -   678  518
Detroit Tigers                 132   85   46    1  .649   1.5   697  533
Baltimore Orioles              135   77   57    1  .575  11.0   596  503
Chicago White Sox              131   69   62    0  .527  17.5   612  579
Cleveland Indians              131   65   66    0  .496  21.5   599  612
Boston Red Sox                 136   63   72    1  .467  25.5   614  682
Los Angeles Angels             132   58   73    1  .443  28.5   588  607
Minnesota Twins                129   56   73    0  .434  29.5   576  637
Washington Senators            128   50   78    0  .391  35.0   520  625
Kansas City Athletics          131   46   84    1  .354  40.0   533  717
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