In a must-win, the Braves entered the 8th inning of Game 3 of the 1991 World Series leading 4-2. Steve Avery pitched another beaut, allowing 2 runs and 4 hits through seven. He was pulled with no outs after Brian Harper reached on an error by TP. Bobby turned to closer Al Pena, who had been so good since coming over from the Mets.
But on Pena’s third pitch Chili Davis deposited a fastball into the left field seats, tying the game at 4. A pair of singles followed but Big Al kept it even with strikeouts of Kirby Puckett and Shane Mack.
After the Twins left the bases loaded in the top of the 12th, the Braves put runners at first and second with 2 outs for the Lemmer, who hit .234 with a .617 OPS in ’91. An unlikely hero, but the Braves of the early 90s had plenty of those.
Jack Buck with the call.