1961 Game 157: Cleveland Indians (76-80) @ Minnesota Twins (69-86)

Wednesday September 27, 1961

Twins 10, Indians 4

The Twins put on a show for the 2,992 fans who braved the cold to see them in the final week of the inagural season in Minnesota.

Al Schroll was brilliant on the mound for the Twins. His only blemishes in the first eight innings were a pair of walks (one of which was erased by a ground ball double play), and a hit batter. Cleveland couldn’t get anything else going until the ninth inning, when a single broke up the no-hit bid and a bases-loaded triple by Tito Francona ended the shut out.

Fortunately for the Twins, there was plenty of cushion before the ninth. Billy Martin’s solo home run (5) in the bottom of the third started the outburst. After a Zolio Versalles RBI single in the fourth inning made the score 2-0, the Twins decided to bunch a few runs in the sixth inning. Six hits, a walk, a wild pitch, and a throwing error helped lead the team to a six-run inning. The Twins added a few more runs, including one on Harmon Killebrew’s 45th home run of the season.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees               160  106   53    1  .667     -   821  610
Detroit Tigers                 160   98   61    1  .616   8.0   821  660
Baltimore Orioles              161   93   67    1  .581  13.5   684  583
Chicago White Sox              161   86   74    1  .538  20.5   760  719
Cleveland Indians              157   76   81    0  .484  29.0   707  725
Boston Red Sox                 160   76   83    1  .478  30.0   727  786
Minnesota Twins                157   70   86    1  .449  34.5   691  746
Los Angeles Angels             158   67   90    1  .427  38.0   709  762
Kansas City Athletics          159   60   98    1  .380  45.5   676  854
Washington Senators            157   59   98    0  .376  46.0   605  756
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