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Atlanta Braves lose World Series to Minnesota Twins
October 27, 1991 Atlanta Braves lose the 1991 World Series to the Minnesota Twins, 4-3
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  Atlanta Braves lose World Series to Minnesota Twins


The National League Championship Series went to 7 games while the Twins swept the American League Championship series. As a result, the Braves were forced to start Charlie Leibrandt rather than Tom Glavine, and in the fifth inning Leibrandt surrendered a 3-run home run to Greg Gagne. The homer helped to power the Twins to a 5-2 first game victory. Game two (October 20, 1991) saw the Twins take an early lead thanks to a home run by Chili Davis. The Braves battled back with a run in the second and another in the fifth, tying the game. Then in the bottom of the eight, Scott Leius tapped starter Tom Glavine for the second Minnesota home run of the night, winning the game.

Back in Atlanta, and down 2 games to 0, Atlanta had a long road ahead of them. Game 3 was a marathon 12 innings and the Braves used 6 pitchers in the epic battle. In the end, Mark Lemke drove in the winning run with a clutch-hit, a two out single in the bottom of the 12th. Game 4 was a pitching duel between Jack Morris and John Smoltz, tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. Catcher Jerry Willard drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. Atlanta's bats seem to come alive in Game 5, as the Braves scored 14 runs on 17 hits. Brian Hunter, David Justice and Lonnie Smith hit home runs. The Series returns to Minnesota with the Braves leading 3 games to 2.

Minnesota takes an early lead in game 6, but the Braves battle back to tie the game in the 7th inning. At the end of 9 innings Atlanta and Minnesota are tied, 3-3. In the bottom of the 11th Charlie Leibrandt, in a more familiar role as reliever, gives up the winning run on a solo blast by the Twins' Kirby Puckett. In the seventh game the Twins decide to go with Jack Morris on 3 days rest. The Braves tap John Smoltz, also on three days rest and the result is a dramatic pitcher's duel, scoreless at the end of 9 innings. In the bottom of the tenth Braves reliever Orlando Pena gives up a run scoring single to Gene Larkin, ending the game and the Series.





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