Twenty years ago tonight, Bobby said Wohlers and got Leibrandt
Hey, it happens. And the Metrodome was a helluva lot louder than the Ballpark in Arlington.
A lot of people criticized bringing in Charlie Leibrandt to face the Twins in the bottom of the 11th of Game 6 but it’s not like Bobby had options. Mike Stanton and Alejandro Pena had already pitched two innings apiece in relief of Steve Avery. There wasn’t much left to choose from.
Jim Clancy? Randy St. Claire? Mark Wohlers, a rookie who walked 13 in 19 IP after being called up to Atlanta? Fellow southpaw Kent Mercker was also available, but he hadn’t struck out Kirby Puckett twice, as Leibrandt did in Game 1 of the series. And right-handed hitters batted only .237 against Leibrandt in ’91.
Why not Leibrandt?