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After Porter had gotten his hit, Sutton said something to him. "He told me, 'Nice hitting,' " related Porter. "I nodded to acknowledge the compliment."
Porter's double set the stage for the Cardinals' 5-4 victory, which evened the Series. St. Louis didn't win in a walk, but rather on a walk with the bases loaded in the eighth. Pinch Hitter Steve Braun drew it from Pinch Pitcher Pete Ladd. Reliever Bruce Sutter got credit for the victory after 2⅓ innings of his usual brilliance.
Herzog was worried before the game that he might never get to use Sutter in the Series, and indeed the Brewers were doing their best to see that he was kept in deep freeze. Charlie Moore doubled in their first run in the second, and Simmons again caused mass schizophrenia, by hitting another solo homer in the third inning off John Stuper, Herzog's $35,000 starter.
The Cardinals scored their first runs of the Series in the third, the RBIs coming on a ground-rule double by Tommy Herr and a single by Ken Oberkfell. But Milwaukee scored again in the fifth on Yount's double off the left-centerfield wall and Cooper's single.
Four of Sutton's first five innings had been perfect. He caught Herr looking to lead off the sixth, and even after Oberkfell singled, stole second and went to third on Hernandez' long fly to right, there was no reason to believe Sutton couldn't do to the Cards what he had done to the Orioles and Angels in recent crucial games. But then he walked Hendrick and gave up the opposite field double to Porter.
Only a few teams in the National League play Porter to pull as much as the Brewers were doing. Despite that, Porter maintained that the hit was unintentional. "That's the first time in three years I've put a ball in that corner," he said. "It was an accident—I was just trying to get my bat on the ball."
The double was further vindication for Porter, which, incidentally, is the name of a British brew. He hasn't been a popular player in St. Louis since he replaced Simmons two years ago, and averages of .224 in '81 and .231 in '82 hadn't done anything to ease the situation. He was also shaking drug and alcohol addiction. But he has been an excellent handler of pitchers, and he felt he began to hit well in the last weeks of the regular season. Herzog prophesied that Porter would be his most valuable player in the playoffs, and he was.
The Cardinals nearly fell behind again in the seventh. Doug Bair, who pitched well for two innings, gave up a two-out double to Cooper. Herzog didn't hesitate to bring in Sutter, who walked Simmons intentionally and then got Oglivie to hit a high chopper to the right side of second. Ozzie Smith came all the way over from shortstop and made a magnificent play to nail Oglivie and end the inning. "It was nothing special," said Smith.
The Brewers found trouble in the eighth. Bob McClure walked Hernandez and failed to cover first on a possible double-play ball hit by Hendrick to Cooper. When Porter then singled up the middle, Milwaukee Manager Harvey Kuenn summoned Ladd, the celebrated turnkey from Cumberland County, Maine with the size 15 E feet.
With the count 3-2 on Lonnie Smith, Ladd threw a fastball that Umpire Bill Haller called a ball. "I thought it hit the outside corner," said Smith. "Frustration!" said Ladd. "The inside edge of the ball caught the outside edge of the plate, if you can figure that out." When Kuenn was later asked what he thought of Haller's call, he said, "Could I just smile and not say anything?"