Monday, September 20, 2010

1962: Twins eliminate O’s in 4

Charlie_Lau Lenny_Green Rich_Rollins Vic_Power

Charlie Lau

Lenny Green

Rich Rollins

Vic Power

8/1-8/2 - Metropolitan Stadium
GAME 1 - Orioles 9, Twins 4
Veteran Robin Roberts used all of his guile to survive those huge bats in the Twin lineup.  3 runs over 7 innings allowed the future HOF'er to leave with a 6-3 lead.  A 3 run outburst by the O's in the 8th put it out of reach.  Charlie Lau had a huge 3 for 4 day and immediately made plans to teach others how to hit.  Brooks Robinson went 3 for 5 and knocked in 2 runs like Lau.  Lenny Green went 4 for 5 for the Twins in a losing effort.

GAME 2 - Twins 13, Orioles 1
Jim Kaat allowed just 2 hits in this complete game effort that was close until the Twins scored 9 unanswered runs in the bottom of the 8th.  Lenny Green continued his hot hitting by going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's and a homer.  Chuck Estrada took took the loss for the O's.

8/4-8/5 - Memorial Stadium
GAME 3 - Twins 4, Orioles 2

A 1-1 pitcher's duel between Camilo Pascual and Steve Barber turned in favor of the Twins in the top of the 7th.  Rich Rollins doubled home Bob Allison and Zoilo Versalles drove in Rollins with a neatly timed sac fly.  Both teams exchanged solo runs in the 8th and neither scored in the 9th as the Twins took a 2-1 series lead.

GAME 4 - Twins 5, Orioles 4
Milt Pappas struggled through 6 innings of work.  After serving up a 3 run lead to the Twins he got bailed out by his offense that scored 4 runs in the 6th off of Bonikowski.  Dick Hall was brought on to protect the O's 1 run lead, but he faltered in the 7th.  After pinch hitter Tony Oliva led off with a doubled Vic Power hit a 2 run shot 2 batters later to take back the lead for the Twins.  Frank Sullivan did a brilliant job in relief allowing just 1 hit in 2 1/3 innings of work.  Dick Stigman and Ray Moore got the final 2 outs to clinch the series.

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