Traded to the Cubs, he finished up his career with Chicago that season. But it wasn’t Kirby Puckett’s favorite part. Awards. They called Sandy Koufax “The Left Arm of God.” His career started slow: he battled control problems. Morris agreed, and Bream stepped up with the bases loaded. This World Series was also the first since 1924 to end with an extra-inning seventh-game when the home team, the Washington Senators (who would become the Twins franchise in 1961), won it in their last at-bat. 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. [17] This call was ranked as one of the top ten worst baseball calls by both ESPN and Sports Illustrated. In the fifth, Pendleton and Gant singled, with Pendleton moving to third. After a walk to Chuck Knoblauch, Glavine induced Kirby Puckett to ground to third, where Terry Pendleton stepped on the bag to retire Gladden and threw across to Sid Bream to retire Puckett for the double play. After a series of moves by both managers, former Brave Steve Bedrosian took the mound to face veteran minor leaguer Jerry Willard. Lemke, the hero of Games 3 and 4, drilled a triple that scored Olson, and Lemke himself then scored on light-hitting Rafael Belliard's double. In baseball we often focus on how many titles a franchise has won, but we rarely talk about how many rings an individual has won. Braves manager Bobby Cox called for a hit and run with Pendleton at the plate. Puckett got under the ball and reached up for it, and Smith reacted by going back to second to tag up since it appeared Puckett had the ball in his reach. Then in the top half of the inning, he had inserted Scott Leius, who 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. [14] The Twins added three more runs in the fifth, as Kent Hrbek lead off with a double, Scott Leius singled and shortstop Greg Gagne hit a three-run shot. In addition to the suspense of the outcome of many of its games, the Series had other highlights. The Braves would, in fact, go on to win an unprecedented 14 consecutive division titles (three as members of the NL West, and the last 11 as an NL East team) not counting the strike-aborted 1994 season. He walked in two runs on bases-loaded walks to Harper and Leius, making four walks in the inning and three consecutive. The first batter that he faced, pinch-hitter Chili Davis, tied the game with a monstrous home run to left, leaving Avery with nothing to show for a great pitching effort. Cone was a late-season addition for the Blue Jays in 1992. The Braves, meanwhile, got the run back in the second when Greg Olson scored on Rafael Belliard's single. West had failed to retire a batter in Game 3, facing two batters and giving up two walks (while one of these walks did force a run home, this run was an unearned run charged to starter Scott Erickson). He had been effective, allowing only the one run, but had a high pitch count. [31] It was also the first World Series-deciding game to go into extra innings since Game 4 of the 1939 World Series. Prior to joining the Braves in 1990, Leibrandt was a member of the Kansas City Royals for six seasons and had won 17 games for their 1985 World Series champion squad. (Game 7 of the 2016 World Series also went to extra innings, when the visiting Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings.) Podres won three more titles with the Dodgers, all of them in Los Angeles, in 1959, 1963, and 1965. Their close concentration of titles in the late 1920s, the late 1930s, from 1949-53, and in the 1990s, accounts for several of the pitchers. A Twin Cities sports writer wrote that on that night, "[Morris] could have outlasted Methuselah." With one out, runners on the corners, and Puckett coming to the plate, Bobby Cox elected to remove his pitcher from the game. But Smoltz struck out Puckett to end the inning. In Game Seven in the 1991 Fall Classic, Morris tossed a 10-inning 1-0 shutout … Sorrento was used as a pinch hitter in the tenth inning, and Newman entered the game in the 11th to replace Mike Pagliarulo at third base. In the bottom of the eighth, Randy Bush pinch hit for Gagne to lead off for the Twins, and he singled off Smoltz, then was promptly removed from the game in favor of the faster Al Newman to pinch run. He successfully rebuffed several attempts by manager Tom Kelly to remove him during the game, and was also supported by pitching coach Dick Such,[27] as he remained on the mound from the first pitch to the last. The Braves and Twins split the series 1–1. Pendleton then followed with a deep fly ball to center field. Your email address will not be published. Kelly sent Aguilera to the plate, although Aguilera did have some success as a hitter and was in fact a converted infielder. Mays was also on the staff for Boston’s title in 1915, though he was more of a relief pitcher that season. Greg Gagne and Chili Davis departed following the 1992 season, with Brian Harper leaving at the end of the 1993 season. More league info. Substitutions and double switches were used by both teams into the 12th. Tim McCarver explained on the CBS broadcast the specific reason why Lemke was called safe instead of out. NLCS. I'm down right now, but I'll get over it.". The Twins defeated the Braves four games to three to win the championship. For the first time since 1962, a seventh game of the World Series ended with a 1–0 verdict. 1991 World Series. With Pendleton on third now and Morris having walked Ron Gant, David Justice stood in. As he had in Game 1, Jack Morris went the distance. This time, Mack finally broke the hitless streak with a broken-bat single to score Puckett. The same thing would also happen in the 1997 World Series when the Florida Marlins would beat the Cleveland Indians in the 11th inning of Game 7. Atlanta kept the Twins off the scoreboard, with left-handed specialist Mike Stanton pitching the seventh and eighth innings and struggling closer Alejandro Peña pitching the ninth and tenth innings. … "[28] And as he had been for most of the night, Morris was effective, retiring Blauser, Smith, and Pendleton in order. He would be replaced by Sean McDonough on the CBS telecasts in the role of lead play-by-play man for 1992 and returned to his role as the lead broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals.