June 11: Minnesota 5, Chicago 4 (14 innings)
Ed Walsh and Walter Johnson wowed the crowd by hurling 13 innings each, after which the game had still not been decided.
Chicago opened the scoring in the top of the third after a Tony Oliva error allowed Sherm Lollar to race all the way from the batter’s box to third base. The inning ended with a 2-0 lead for the White Sox.
In the bottom of the third, Cecil Travis shocked everyone by swatting a homer off Walsh, just the second for Travis and fourth allowed by Walsh. Hits from Joe Cronin, Rod Carew, and Stan Spence pushed across two more in the inning, and the Twins had a 3-2 lead.
The White Sox got their only earned runs off of Johnson in the top of the fifth on hits by Minnie Minoso, Chet Lemon, Harold Baines, and Paul Konerko, and the lead changed again, now 4-3 in Chicago’s favor.
Rod Carew led off the eighth with a double and Spence singled him in to tie the score at four. It stayed that way for five more innings as the hearty starters seemed to only get better the more they pitched. Neither were ever in serious trouble again.
Manager Bucky Harris decided he couldn’t send Johnson back out for the 14th, though Johnson still looked strong. “Walter wanted to pitch as long as it took to finish the game, but at some point I have to think about not letting his arm fall off,” Harris explained. Eddie Guardado came on and pitched a scoreless 14th.
Sox skipper Jimmy Dykes likewise decided 13 innings was enough for Walsh, and sent Terry Forster out for the bottom of the 14th. Stan Spence was glad to see a different twirler and led off with a triple. Mickey Vernon followed that up with a grounder to third that was slow and deep enough for Spence to scamper home for the win.
R H BB CHI 002 020 000 000 00 - 4 14 3 MN 003 000 010 000 01 - 5 12 1 HR: C. Travis (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Walsh 13.0 4 4 1 1 3 W. Johnson 13.0 4 2 0 2 3 CHI 28-33, MN 31-30
June 12: Minnesota 8, Chicago 7
The Twins boarded the singles train against Red Faber, punching eight one-baggers against him in just the first three innings, which, combined with a Luke Appling muff, racked up a 6-0 lead.
Minnesota was confident they had the game in the bag after they led 8-4 after eight innings, but it just about got away from them in the top of the ninth. Firpo Marberry, who has been perhaps the league’s most valuable relief pitcher this season, saw the ninth start with a double by Magglio Ordonez and a single by Luke Appling. Harmon Killebrew then made two consecutive errors at third base, and all of a sudden the Sox were within two runs, had runners on first and third, and there were no outs. Eddie Collins then flew out for the first out, but Sherm Lollar tagged up to make the score 7-8. Minnie Minoso drew a walk off Marberry, Joe Jackson popped into the second out, Frank Thomas walked the bases loaded, and…Chet Lemon flew out to end the rally, one run short.
R H BB CHI 000 400 003 - 7 7 5 MN 033 000 02x - 8 12 2 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO R. Faber 3.0 6 3 0 0 0 J. Santana 7.0 4 4 0 3 2 CHI 28-34, MN 32-30
June 13: Minnesota 7, Chicago 1
Game three lacked the drama of the first two games, but Twins rooters were happy as they cheered on a Twins sweep. The slappy Twins kept punching out soft singles, including seven in the second inning alone. Minnesota swatted 42 base knocks in the series, and now lead the league with 659 hits (though they are only ninth in slugging).
Camilo Pascual stayed in a groove for Minnesota, and has given up just nine earned runs in his last seven starts.
R H BB CHI 100 000 000 - 1 6 2 MN 050 001 10x - 7 18 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Rigney 5.1 6 6 0 1 1 C. Pascual 7.0 1 1 0 2 1 CHI 28-35, MN 33-30