He did so by retiring one batter — Minnesota hurler Rick Aguilera, who lined to deep center to end the top of the 12th. Aguilera, the Twins’ seventh pitcher, gave up a single to Justice in between fly ball outs by Gant and Brian Hunter in the bottom half of the inning. We all remember the Lemmer’s game-winning single but tend to forget it was made possible by a steal of second by the Braves right fielder, who was 8-for-16 in SB attempts during the regular season.
If Justice hadn’t been successful the game would’ve continued into the 13th and the Bravos would’ve been dependent on Clancy, who had a 5.71 ERA and 1.442 WHIP after being acquired from Houston, to hold serve. Not a pretty thought.