Tudor went into the sixth inning with a no-hitter, teasing the Los Angeles batters with multiple changeups and precise control. Sax finally doubled off him in the sixth, and Tudor left the game an inning later. "Looking ahead to the seventh game—if needed—I want to be ready," he said.
From the moment Ozzie Smith led the Cards onto the field with one of his back-flips, Game 5 belonged to him.
The Cards jumped on Valenzuela for two first-inning runs. McGee and Smith walked, and Herr followed with his fourth double of the series. McGee scored easily, but as Smith was rounding third, he saw coach Hal Lanier holding up a stop sign. Smith barreled right through it. "It was too late," he said later. "I had already thrown it into gear." Smith scored easily when Duncan's relay flew far over Scioscia's head. Later, Smith made an acrobatic play on a grounder behind second base.
Madlock's two-run homer in the fourth tied the game, which then settled into a pitching battle between Valenzuela and a series of Cardinal relievers. Five times Valenzuela worked out of two-on jams. Tom Niedenfuer replaced him for the ninth, and with one out, Smith stepped up to bat.
On Niedenfuer's fourth pitch, Ozzie cracked a soaring line drive toward rightfield. The crowd rose. Smith's ball hit a concrete pillar just a couple of feet above the yellow home run line. Smith saw rightfield umpire Terry Tata twirling his finger in the air and began dancing around the bases. His teammates stormed out to mob him at home plate. Coleman came off crutches to give him a high five. Fireworks exploded. CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME read the scoreboard.
"I've never seen such a little sucker hit a ball like that in that situation," marveled Herzog. But you know about those scwewy wabbits. You just can't twust them.