After the Twins opened their first April, playing 11 games on the road and just 4 games at home, May would bring 21 home games, and just 7 road games.
The month would see several interesting high-lights and low-lights in the replay …
- May 2nd, the Twins pound out 15 hits in a 10-4 shellacking of the visiting Yankees.
- May 9th, Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles belts 3 HR with 7 RBI, in 11-3 drubbing of the Twins.
- May 10th, the Twins are 1-hit by Dick Hall of the Orioles, but Earl Battey’s solo-blast in the bottom of the 5th give the Twins a 1-0 win, with a 4-hit shut-out pitched by Jack Kralick.
- May 14th, Twins begin 10-game win-streak with win over the Angels.
- May 23rd, Twins win their 10th straight, defeating the Tigers.
- May 24th, the Tigers rout the Twins 20-0, as Twins 10-game win-streak comes to an end. The Tigers homer 7 times, at least 1 per inning from the 2nd thru the 7th, and score at least 1 run all 9 innings. This marks the first time the Twins were shut-out this season.
- May 27th, Dale Long of the Washington Senators hits a 1-out, walk-off, Grand Slam in the bottom of the 9th, to lift the Senators over the Twins, 7-6.
The month of May:
(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)
Series #7: White Sox at Twins, April 30, May 1
TWINS RECORD: Replay (6-10) – Actual (10-6)
Series #8: Yankees at Twins, May 2, 3, 4
TWINS RECORD: Replay (8-11) – Actual (10-9)
May 3rd, Pedro Ramos twirls a CG win for the Twins over the Yankees.
Series #9: Red Sox at Twins, May 5, 7
TWINS RECORD: Replay (8-13) – Actual (11-10)
Red Sox hurler, Tom Brewer walks 7, but allows just 2 hits thru 8 IP, in a 4-1 victory over the Twins.
Series #10: Orioles at Twins, May 9, 10, 11
TWINS RECORD: Replay (10-14) – Actual (12-12)
Jim Gentile blasts 3 HR with 7 RBI and 4 runs scored in the 11-3 win over the Twins.
Series #11: Angels at Twins, May 12, 13, 14
TWINS RECORD: Replay (12-15) – Actual (15-12)
An interesting SABR read: Creating the 1961 Los Angeles Angels in 120 Days
Series #12: Twins at White Sox, May 15, 16
TWINS RECORD: Replay (14-15) – Actual (16-13)
Series #13: Athletics at Twins, May 18, 19, 20
TWINS RECORD: Replay (17-15) – Actual (18-14)
*Note, the Twins replay win-streak reaches 6.
A young Harm Killebrew blasts his 7th homer of the season in a 9-2 win over KC.
Series #14: Indians at Twins, May 21 (2), 22
TWINS RECORD: Replay (20-15) – Actual (18-17)
*Note, the Twins replay win-streak reaches 9.
Game 2, of May 21st double-header, Don Lee pitches CG, 1-0 shut-out for his 1st win of 1961.
Series #15: Tigers at Twins, May 23, 24, 25
TWINS RECORD: Replay (22-16) – Actual (19-19)
*Note, the Twins replay win-streak reaches 10.
**Note, the Tigers end the Twins win-streak at 10. The Tigers scored at least 1 run each inning and blasted 7 homers.
Detroit’s Bill Bruton goes 4 for 5, with 2 HR and 4 RBI in the 20-0 rout of the Twins.
Series #16: Twins at Senators, May 26, 27, 28
TWINS RECORD: Replay (24-17) – Actual (19-22)
*Note, Game #40 ended with a walk-off Grand Slam by Dale Long for a Senators 7-6 win over the Twins.
“Killer” at Griffith Stadium, 1961. Replay wise, Harmon would homer twice in this 3 game series, his first return to Griffith Stadium.
Series #17: Twins at Indians, May 30 (2)
TWINS (end of May) RECORD: Replay (24-19) – Actual (19-24)
The Indians, Mudcat Grant, earns the win in game 2 of the May 30th double-header.
May ends with 2 losses to the Cleveland Indians, but the Twins close out a very successful May, going 18-10 for the month, including a 10-game win-streak.
Note: A quick run comparison at the end of May, has the Twins scoring 205 runs (vs 197 actual) and allowing 198 runs (vs 227 actual).
TWINS month-by-month Summaries (click on link to read):
MAY: 18-10 (10-18 Actual)
A nice sketch of Metropolitan Stadium as it appeared in 1961, shortly after early construction of 1st level of stands down first base foul line.