Minnesota Twins (0) @ Nevada Dusters (1)
GAME 2
October 20, 1963
Horizon Field
Las Vegas, NV


HORLEN HOLDS THE LINE
One of the biggest questions going into Game 2 was how Joe Horlen, who had recently come off the disabled list and who hadn't pitched in a game since September 18, would fare. The other big question was whether this was the night the Minnesota sluggers would unlimber the big bats. Three homers were recorded in the contest -- but all three of them belonged to Nevada. Lee Maye was the first to go long; his solo shot in the 2nd gave the Dusters a 1-0 lead. Horlen got into a jam in the 3rd when, with two outs, Eddie Mathews and Don Mincher singled and Harmon Killebrew drew a walk. With the bases loaded, Horlen walked Battey and the game was tied. Johnny Goryl, next up, popped up to the catcher to end the inning. As Ben Naylor pointed out after the game, it could have been much worse. In the Dusters 3rd Johnny Roseboro cranked one into the right field bleachers to put Nevada ahead 2-1. Clete Boyer opened the 5th with his own solo homer. In the Twins 6th Zoilo Versalles started things with a single but was erased when Minnesota starter Jack Kralick grounded into what turned out to be a crucial double play, because Lenny Green and Bob Allison followed with singles. Without the twin killing, Minnesota would have scored at least one run. Instead, they came away empty-handed. In the Nevada 6th, with two on and one out, Vic Power -- starting at second base in place of the still-injured Jerry Adair -- reached first when Kralick bobbled a chopper back to the mound, and Jim Fregosi scored from third to make it 4-1 Dusters. That was all for Kralick. In the 7th Mincher doubled, but was erased when Jim Fregosi made a diving stop of an Earl Battey grounder and started a 6-5-3 double play. "I didn't think he had a chance of getting it," Mincher admitted later. Claude Raymond took the hill for Nevada in the 8th and retired the side. In the Minnesota 9th, though, Green opened with a triple. With one out, Naylor had Raymond issue a pass to Eddie Mathews and brought Hal Reniff in to face Mincher, who was 2-for-3 on the night. Mincher lined out to third and Reniff fanned Killebrew to end the game.
Horlen, who had allowed just one run on ten hits through seven innings, had proven himself up to the task. But why hadn't Raymond -- or Reniff -- pitch to Mathews instead of Mincher? That was the question foremost on many minds and the first put to Ben Naylor at the post-game press conference. Mincher had fewer strikeouts and a higher OBP than Mathews for 1963. "It's not just about this year's statistics," replied Naylor. "It's about experience. Eddie has come through in big games in the past. He's been to two World Series. No, we had to challenge Don, not Eddie, in that situation." A big topic of discussion in the aftermath of Game 2 was the fact that the Nevada pitching had given up just one home run -- Bob Allison's in Game 1 -- to a team that had hit 223 long balls in the regular season. Could they continue to keep the Minnesota big bats quiet? The Dusters packed their bags the next morning and headed for Minneapolis to find out.
GAME 2
Minnesota Twins @ Nevada Dusters
October 20, 1963

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
       Twins (MIN) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0    1 11  1
     Dusters (NEV) 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 x    5  9  0

MINNESOTA          ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb    avg
Green (CF)          5  2  0  0  0  0  1  0   .273
Allison (RF)        5  3  0  0  0  0  1  1   .255
Mathews (3B)        4  1  1  1  0  0  3  0   .269
Mincher (1B)        4  2  1  0  0  0  0  0   .271
Killebrew (LF)      4  1  1  0  0  0  2  0   .280
Battey (C)          2  0  2  0  0  1  0  0   .258
Goryl (2B)          4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   .243
Versalles (SS)      4  1  0  0  0  0  1  0   .236
Kralick (P)         3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0   .191
 Hall (PH)          1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0   .220
 Shaw (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .261
 Moore (P)          0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .250
TOTALS             36 11  5  1  0  1 10  1

   2B:  Mincher, Goryl
   3B:  Green

       MINNESOTA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit   ERA
         Kralick  5.1  7  0  3  4  3  5  90  2.80
           Moore  1.2  1  0  0  1  1  0  26  3.95
            Shaw  1.0  1  0  0  0  0  0  17  2.61
          TOTALS  8.0  9  0  3  5  5  5 133

NEVADA             ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb    avg
Pearson (CF)        4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   .311
Clendenon (1B)      3  1  0  0  0  0  1  1   .301
 Martin (1B)        1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0   .224
Williams (LF)       4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .331
Fregosi (SS)        4  2  0  1  0  0  2  0   .288
Maye (RF)           4  2  0  1  1  1  1  0   .257
Power (2B)          3  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .260
 Saverine (2B)      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .219
Boyer (3B)          4  1  0  1  1  1  0  0   .245
Roseboro (C)        3  1  0  1  1  1  0  0   .226
Horlen (P)          2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0   .083
 Banks (PH)         1  1  0  1  0  0  0  0   .325
 Reniff (P)         0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
 Raymond (P)        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
TOTALS             34  9  0  5  3  4  5  1

   2B:  Maye, Banks
   HR:  Roseboro, Boyer, Maye

          NEVADA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit   ERA
          Horlen  7.0 10  4  0  1  1  7 120  3.67
         Raymond  1.1  1  1  0  0  0  2  28  3.12
          Reniff  0.2  0  0  0  0  0  1  13  3.10
          TOTALS  9.0 11  5  0  1  1 10 161

     WP: Horlen
     LP: Kralick
     SV: Reniff

     Attendance: 50,000
     Time: 3:16

Twins first.
HORLEN PITCHING. Green struck out. Allison singled through the hole. Allison stole second. Mathews struck out. Mincher walked. Killebrew struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters first.
KRALICK PITCHING. Pearson flied out to left. Clendenon struck out. Williams flied out to center.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Twins second.
Battey grounded to the pitcher. Goryl doubled down the right field line. Versalles flied out to center. Kralick struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. The game is tied at 0.

Dusters second.
Fregosi struck out. Maye homered over the right field fence. Power grounded to third. Boyer flied out to left.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 1 to 0.

Twins third.
Green grounded to third. Allison struck out. Mathews singled to right. Mincher hit an infield single to third, Mathews to second. Killebrew walked, Mathews to third, Mincher to second. Bases loaded. Battey walked, Mathews scored, Mincher to third, Killebrew to second. Bases loaded. Goryl popped up to the catcher.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. The game is tied at 1.

Dusters third.
Roseboro homered over the right field fence. Horlen struck out. Pearson grounded to third. Clendenon singled through the hole. Clendenon stole second. Williams popped up to third.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 1.

Twins fourth.
Versalles grounded to third. Kralick popped up to second. Green flied out to right.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Minnesota trails 2 to 1.

Dusters fourth.
Fregosi struck out. Maye struck out. Power popped up to second.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 2 to 1.

Twins fifth.
Allison singled through the hole. Mathews struck out. Mincher flied out to right. Killebrew singled down the first base line, Allison to third. Battey walked, Killebrew to second. Bases loaded. Goryl grounded to second, Battey forced out at second (fielder's choice).
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 3 left on base. Minnesota trails 2 to 1.

Dusters fifth.
Boyer homered over the center field fence. Roseboro grounded to third. Horlen flied out to center. Pearson singled down the first base line. Clendenon popped up to third.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 3 to 1.

Twins sixth.
Versalles singled down the right field line. Kralick grounded to third, 5-4-3 double play. Green singled up the middle. Allison singled down the first base line, Green to third. Mathews struck out.
0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base. Minnesota trails 3 to 1.

Dusters sixth.
Williams grounded to first. Fregosi singled in the right field gap. Maye doubled over the right fielder, Fregosi to third. Power reached first on a fielding error, pitcher, Fregosi scored, Maye to third. MOORE PITCHING. Boyer dribbled weakly to the catcher. Roseboro grounded to third.
1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base. Nevada leads 4 to 1.

Twins seventh.
MARTIN AT FIRST. SAVERINE AT SECOND. Mincher doubled down the left field line. Killebrew grounded to second. Battey grounded to short, 6-5-3 double play.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Minnesota trails 4 to 1.

Dusters seventh.
Banks (for Horlen) doubled down the left field line. Pearson grounded to second, Banks to third. Martin grounded to third, Banks scored. Williams lined out to center.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Nevada leads 5 to 1.

Twins eighth.
RAYMOND PITCHING. Goryl flied out to center. Versalles struck out. Hall (for Moore) struck out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base. Minnesota trails 5 to 1.

Dusters eighth.
SHAW PITCHING. Fregosi singled through the hole. Maye grounded to third, Fregosi to second. Saverine grounded to short, Fregosi to third. Boyer flied out to right.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base. Nevada leads 5 to 1.

Twins ninth.
Green tripled down the right field line. Allison popped up to third. Mathews was intentionally walked. RENIFF PITCHING. Mincher lined out to right. Killebrew struck out.
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.

DUSTERS WIN: 5-1