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The 1991 NLCS saw a rematch between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves, and the two battled fiercely, splitting the first six games.
Game 7 saw the Braves down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. It appeared that the Pirates would avenge the previous season's NLCS loss.
Pirates starter Doug Drabek was working a gem, but gave up a leadoff double to Terry Pendleton. David Justice followed with a ground ball that Pirates second baseman Jose Lind misplayed for an error, putting runners on first and third with no one out.
Drabek, clearly tiring, walked Sid Bream to load the bases. Manager Jim Leyland turned to reliever Stan Belinda to shut the door and send the Pirates to the World Series.
Belinda gave up a sacrifice fly to Ron Gant, scoring Pendleton with Atlanta's first run and cutting the lead to 2-1. Belinda then walked catcher Damon Berryhill to load the bases once again. Pinch-hitter Brian Hunter popped up to shortstop, however, leaving Belinda to face pinch-hitter Francisco Cabrera.
Cabrera had only 10 at-bats all season long, including just one prior plate appearance in the NLCS.
With the count at 2-1, Cabrera hit a line drive over the head of shortstop Jay Bell. Justice scored the tying run, and Braves’ third-base coach Jimy Williams waved the slow-footed Bream home. Left fielder Barry Bonds’ throw home was just a shade late, giving the Braves an improbable 3-2 win and a return trip to the World Series.