Both starting pitchers stayed in the game through eight innings and were quite effective, giving up just five runs combined three earned. Not only that, he had used his second to last pitcher, Mark Guthrie , to pitch the previous two innings and his only other available player, closer Rick Aguilera , was warming up in the bullpen. With two outs, Justice lifted what appeared to be a go-ahead home run for the Braves to right, but at the last instant, the ball hooked foul by about two feet. Seasons s Gant backed up the play and caught the hop, but Gladden dashed to second and beat Gant’s throw to the bag. But Tapani got Gant out on a foul popup and Justice on a fly out to end the threat.

The Braves tied the game in the fifth when Olson doubled, advanced to third on a groundout by Lemke, and came home on a sacrifice fly by Rafael Belliard. A Twin Cities sports writer wrote that on that night, “[Morris] could have outlasted Methuselah. In , the teams played a three-game series at the new Target Field , in which the Braves won two out of three games. It was also the first World Series game to be played in the state of Georgia. Smith hit his third home run in three nights to give the Braves a 6—3 lead. NL Atlanta Braves 3. Use mdy dates from November

This time, Stanton got Hrbek to hit a relatively soft line drive to Mark Lemkewho then stepped on second to double-up Knoblauch. Lemke slid around Harper and was called safe with the winning run. The Braves hit Erickson hard, but failed to score against him. The Braves and Twins split the series 1—1. Views Read Edit View history. They returned to the World Series the following yearbut lost in six games to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lemke singled to center and went to second on a wild pitch by reliever Guthrie.

1991 World Series

Controversy occurred the next inning when Lonnie Smith reached first on an error by Scott Leius. With two outs, Ron Gant ripped a single to left. Brian Harperwho had not started the game at catcher instead Kelly started Junior Ortizpinch hit to start the top half of the inning and reached on an error. The next batter was Hrbek, who had not had a hit in quite some time and whom Stanton had struck out three times in a row. The World Series is easily the best World Series ever played, with three games being won in the final at-bat and four coming down to the final pitch.


This moment is captured in a statue of Puckett just outside Gate 34 at the Twins’ new home, Target Field.

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After walking the first two batters to lead off the eighth, Morris was pulled from the game in favor of Mark Guthriewho induced serise double play off the bat of Terry Pendleton.

Both managers emptied their benches to give playing time to non-starters. Series not held in because the NL champions refused to participate, and in due to a players’ strike.

Pendleton then followed with a deep fly ball to center field. Thus, Smith got a late break from second and Puckett was able to retrieve the ball and throw it back into the infield. Substitutions and double switches were used by both teams into the twelfth. Rick Aguilera took the decision for the Twins after pitching the 10th and 11th innings, while Leibrandt earned his second loss of the series. Greg Gagne 1Kent Hrbek 1.

The Braves would not reach base again for the rest of the game.

Mack fired to Harper, who caught the throw and had the ball as Lemke reached the plate. But the Braves got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Smith homered off Twins reliever Carl Willis to tie the game.

Seasons s Gladden reached third on wofld fly ball by Kirby Puckett for the first out, and after Knoblauch stole second Chili Davis was put on intentionally. Then in the top half of the inning, he had inserted Scott Leiuswho was normally a third baseman, into the game to play shortstop in place of pinch hitter Sorrento.

With his walk-off home run, Puckett completed the game a double shy of hitting for the cycle. The Braves now had a runner at third with one out, and then Gant walked.

Gant and Hrbek: The Scandal of the 1991 World Series

The collision sent both sprawling, but Smith was out as Harper held onto the ball and got up to ensure Pendleton, who had gone to third, did not score. It was the first of four games in this Series to end with the winning team scoring the deciding run in the ninth inning or later.

Morris got out of the jam by striking out Sid Bream to end the inning, and the Twins added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning as Hrbek homered off Clancy. But Glavine was not sharp in the sixth inning and wound up getting pulled from the game.


Retrieved December 22, Seven Twins players appeared in both the and Series, playing for the Twins both times: Leibrandt was pulled from the game following the home run, and reliever Jim Clancy promptly allowed Gladden and Knoblauch to reach base on an error and a walk. It was the last run scored for either team, as the Twins won the game 5—2 with Aguilera picking up the four-out save. Except for the run that resulted from the first-inning misplay between Gant and Justice, Avery had been quite effective.

Denkinger turned to third base umpire Terry Tata, who confirmed the call. This became important when Pendleton golfed Erickson’s next pitch into the seats to tie the game at 2.

Justice led off the fourth with his first World Series home run, and the Braves led for the first time in the Series, 2—1. Jack Buck and Tim McCarver. Refusing to come out of the game, Morris took to the hill for the top of the tenth. It was his play in Game 6 of the ’91 Series against Atlanta that cemented his legacy in Twin Cities sports history.

Cox brought in Jim Clancy to pitch and called for an intentional walk with the pitcher’s spot due next, loading the basis and forcing Kelly’s hand. This is the game where Jack Buck exclaimed “And we’ll see you tomorrow night! Mike Pagliarulo 1 ATL: The Braves now had their first lead in Series games, three to two, and only needed one win to clinch their first World Series since With two outs, Justice lifted what appeared to be a go-ahead home run for the Braves to right, but at the last instant, the ball hooked foul by about two feet.

Nevertheless, Morris was in a jam as he faced Gant with two runners in scoring position.

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