20 Years Ago Today...

The Twins celebrated an American League pennant north of the border.

After a win and a loss in Minnesota, the series moved to Toronto. Toronto had been a tough opponent for the Twins all year long (the Jays won 8 of 12 regular season contests), and SkyDome was, to say the least, a strange and intimidating venue for a visiting team. But the good guys managed to win Games 2 and 3, and they had the Jays by the throats.

Toronto brought back knuckleballer Tom Candiotti, the loser of Game 1. At first, it looked like he’d add another loss to that stat line, as Kirby Puckett homered in the first, and Shane Mack drove in a run in the second. But then the Jays touched Kevin Tapani for five runs in the third and fourth, making it look like the ALCS would have to be decided back in Minneapolis.

But the Twins didn’t want to do that. They tied it in the sixth, thanks to a Chuck Knoblauch two run double. In the eighth, Minnesota piled on three runs against reliever Duane Ward to take an 8-5 lead. Puckett and Kent Hrbek highlighted that inning with run-scoring singles. Rick Aguilera came on to close it out in the ninth, and he had no trouble. Roberto Alomar was the final out; when he flied to left field, Dan Gladden grabbed the ball to send the Twins to the 1991 World Series.

Tags: Dan Gladden Kent Hrbek Kirby Puckett

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