Sunday, August 15, 2010

1961 Qualifier Round: 10th seed KC A’s sweep 7th seed MIN Twins in 2 straight.

7/28 - Metropolitan Stadium
GAME 1 - KC A's 11, MIN Twins 4
EdRakow Minnesota led 3-2 after 3 innings by Camilo Pascual (6IP/4ER) was not on his game.  The A's took a 4-3 lead with 2 runs in the 4th on singles by Dick Howser and Leo Posada.  A Harmon Killebrew single in the 5th scored Lenny Green to tie the game at 4 apiece.  The A's scored 7 runs over the final 3 innings to run away with the game.  Ed Rakow pitched 3 scoreless innings to get credited with the win.



7/29 - Municipal Stadium
GAME 2 - A's 3, Twins 2

Bill Tuttle tripled home Billy Martin with 2 outs to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the top ofJerryLumpe the 2nd.  Jerry Lumpe and Norm Siebern provided RBI hits for the A's in the bottom of the 3rd to stake starter Norm Bass to a 1 run lead, which would hold up until the top of the 8th when pinch hitter Don Mincher homered to tie it at 2.  Twin starter Jack Kralick would exit after 7 innings of 2 run ball.  His replacement Ray "No" Moore would run into trouble in the bottom of the 9th when Hank Bauer led off with a double.  Pinch hitter Reno Bertoia was given an intentional pass and Dick Howser bunted them both up 90 feet into scoring position.  Posada was given an intentional pass to create forces all around, but the strategy was foiled when Jerry Lumpe lined a single to center to end the game and clinch this short best of 3 series for the 10th seeded A's

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