In the bottom of the second, Molitor singled home Roy Howell with two outs to tie the game at two. After the Yankees retook the lead on a two-run error by Jim Gantner in the third, Molitor hit a two-run triple to tie the game again in the fourth.
Molitor wasn’t done. With the Brewers up 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth, he smashed a solo home run to left center. Molitor would walk his final time up, coming a double shy of the cycle.
Of course, that’s not all the multi-talented third baseman would accomplish on this day. Molitor also stole second in the second inning to tie him with Tommy Harper for the Brewers’ all-time record of 38 stolen bases (Harper set the franchise record of 73 the prior year with the Pilots).
“Stealing bases is great as it allows me to score more runs,” a team-first Molitor would later say, “helping the team win games.”
This has been a seasons of bests for Molitor. In addition to the 38 stolen bases, his 16 home runs is also a career high. He also has a career best 62 RBI and he scored his 122nd run today, a franchise record.
Today was an example of how leaders take control of a game on this team. Molitor made a costly mistake early. While he could have hung his head, he took it as an opportunity to step up on offense.
Whether it’s Molitor or Robin Yount or Cecil Cooper or Gorman Thomas or Ben Oglivie, a member of the Brewers offense is regularly stepping up when the team needs it. Today, it was Molly’s time to shine.