MILWAUKEE — Gorman Thomas led off the bottom of the seventh inning, the Brewers trailing 5-1, by popping out to catcher Darrell Porter for the second time in the game. Through that at bat, he had five hits in his last 59 at bats. For the first time in recent memory, Brewers fans booed Gorman.
“You don’t hear that,” Brewers pitcher Jim Slaton would say later. “Not with Gorman. Gorman’s a favorite around here.”
By the time Gorman batted again, he would have a chance to redeem himself. And it was in the same inning.
The inning started innocently enough. After Gorman’s pop-up, Ben Oglivie hit a routine grounder to first baseman Keith Hernandez. Hernandez flipped to pitcher Dave LaPoint who took a step and dropped the ball, allowing Oglivie to reach safely.
A single and another pop-up later, the inning should have been over. Then Jim Gantner took advantage of the extra out by hitting a double into the gap in right center that scored Oglivie. Next? The Brewers took over.
Molitor walked. Yount singled, scoring Money and Gantner. Cooper singled, scoring Molitor. Simmons walked.
Gorman Thomas then came up for the second time in the inning and redeemed himself, stroking a two-run single to give the Brewers a 7-5 lead.
“I started the inning with a pop-up to the catcher,” said Thomas. “Hey, you could say I started the winning rally.”
The Brewers faced four pitchers in the inning, but none could stop the bleeding. When the inning started, it appeared the Brewers’ season was coming to an end. When the inning ended, they had all of the momentum in the world.
Why not? This series is all tied up at two. They aren’t consistently playing their best ball, yet the Brewers remain in good position to win this thing.
First thing’s first: The Brewers must-win Game 5 in Milwaukee. It is their final game at home. If they win Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead, this team should win one of two in St. Louis.