Game 4 of the 1991 World Series would be decided by one run, just like Games 2 and 3. And, as in those games, a most unlikely hero would decide it.
It was tied 1-1 entering the 7th when, with one out, Mike Pagliarulo slugged a go-ahead solo homer to deep RF. But Pags’ homer wasn’t all bad, as it brought Jack Morris to the plate with two outs. Twins manager Tom Kelly pinch hit Gene Larkin, who grounded out to first.
It wouldn’t take long for Kelly to regret that move, as Lonnie Smith tied it up with a homer off Carl Willis.
The score remained 2-2 into the 9th, when Mark Lemke, the previous night’s hero, tripled into the left-center gap off Mark Guthrie. Following an intentional walk to Jeff Blauser, Bobby turned to Francisco Cabrera. Kelly promptly made the call for former Brave Steve Bedrosian. Bobby answered with third-string catcher Jerry Willard, a left-handed hitter with just 27 big league plate appearances since 1986.