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After the game Leonard explained that he has five different home run trots. "That's part of my creativity," he said. Once Leonard wouldn't talk to the press—yes, he was a Mum Baby—but in St. Louis he clearly enjoyed the attention. Says Giants general manager Al Rosen, "Remember the movie The Three Faces of Eve? There are three faces of Leonard. A warm, caring person. A shy kid. And a dour-countenanced guy who's the meanest, most miserable player on the field."
Will Clark didn't make any friends in St. Louis, either, when he laid into an interviewer who slipped and called him Jack. "I'm Will, not Jack," Clark said. "Jack is over in the clubhouse, and he's not playing. People are always pushing his bubble gum card in front of me, asking me to sign it. I respect the guy, but hey, I hit 35 home runs this year."
The Giants seemed to have all the answers before Game 3. The venue had moved west to the Stick, the most dreaded stadium in baseball. "The lion's den," Dravecky calls it. Wind. Fog. Cold. Grass. Yes, it has come to this: A team complains when it has to play on real grass. "If they had an Easter egg hunt in this stuff, nobody could find the Easter eggs," said Herzog.
Adding to Herzog's woes was the news, just before game time, that third baseman Terry Pendleton could not play. Pendleton had sprained his ankle during a workout the day before, so Herzog would have to use Tom Hitless, or rather, Lawless, who got his first hit of 1987 in August and his second on the last day of the season. All told, the entire Cardinal lineup had hit 31 homers in the regular season, four fewer than either Jack or Will Clark.
The Giants didn't get a helping hand from the weather—it was a beautiful evening—but then they didn't seem to need it. They jumped on Magrane early, scoring three in the second inning and another in the third on a blast to left center by the Hac-Man, who celebrated his third homer in as many games by taking his sweet time around the bases, left flap down. In the meantime Atlee Hammaker, who rarely loses at home, was cruising along with a three-hitter after five innings. He even got to face a pinch hitter and former Giant named Jack Clark in the fifth and struck him out.
In the bottom of the fifth, Leonard came up again and—he had to know it was coming—took a pitch by Forsch on his right shoulder. Forsch soon found himself with the bases loaded and one out, but he got out of the jam, retiring Davis and Will Clark. "That was the turning point right there," said Herzog.
Other Cardinals thought the turning point occurred in the top of the sixth when the rookie starting in place of Jack Clark, Jim (Lucky Lindy) Lindeman hit a two-run homer over the rightfield fence. "We hadn't scored in 16 innings," said McGee. "That kinda picked us up."
Then came the seventh. Leonard described it thus: "One lousy inning again. You know, it was a typical Cardinal inning, too. Single, then boomboom-boomboom. Hit-and-run. Blip-blip. First-and-third. Hup-hup."
Translated, this means that the murderers' row of Jose Oquendo, Curt Ford, Driessen and Coleman strung together four hits, with a stolen base by pinch runner Lance Johnson thrown in. Three of the hits came off reliever Don Robinson; one of them went through his legs. He failed to retire a batter and took the 6-5 loss. While Leonard vowed vengeance for what he viewed as headhunting, the other Giants felt like a bunch of Numb Babies for the way they blew the game. Over in the visitors' clubhouse, Herzog, resplendent in navy-blue silk long Johns, was asked if he was surprised the Cardinals had won. "I'm not blowin' any more smoke," said Herzog. "It was a bloody miracle."
St. Louis's outlook brightened for Saturday's Game 4: Pendleton was back in the lineup, and Cox was on the mound. And after their second turn at bat, they had a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Cox and Coleman. Giants starting pitcher Krukow came stalking into the dugout after the inning and told everyone, "They won't score another run."