1961 Games 145 & 146: Los Angeles Angels (63-81) @ Minnesota Twins (62-81)

Thursday September 14, 1961

Angels 5, Twins 1
Twins 3, Angels 1

The Angels got to Minnesota starter Don Lee in the first game with a little small ball, scoring three runs in the first two innings with just three singles. An error charged to Billy Martin in the second inning helped, as did a passed ball and hit batsman in the first. The Twins were not able to recover and dropped the first game 5-1.

Game two went much better for the home team. Once again the Angels scored in the first inning, this time on a Jim Kaat wild pitch. Kaat settled down, however, and allowed just one hit from the first inning on, holding the Angels to the one run.

Minnesota didn’t score until the bottom of the sixth when Lenny Green led off with a triple. He scored on Joe Altobelli’s single to tie the game. An ground ball off the bat of Bob Allison plated the go ahead run, and the Twins added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh to earn a split in the doubleheader.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               148  100   47    1  .680     -   774  571
Detroit Tigers                 147   89   57    1  .610  10.5   749  601
Baltimore Orioles              149   87   61    1  .588  13.5   643  543
Chicago White Sox              149   80   68    1  .541  20.5   698  655
Cleveland Indians              146   72   74    0  .493  27.5   669  678
Boston Red Sox                 150   71   78    1  .477  30.0   693  746
Los Angeles Angels             147   64   82    1  .438  35.5   659  703
Minnesota Twins                146   63   82    1  .434  36.0   641  714
Kansas City Athletics          147   54   92    1  .370  45.5   631  802
Washington Senators            147   54   93    0  .367  46.0   574  718
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