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"It was just like an avalanche," said Thomas. "The farther it went, the bigger it got. The fans got into it, and when they do, they can do some damage. They were as much a part of the rally as the players were."
"You create something like that," said Simmons. "I don't know what it is. Maybe it's just an energy force created by the fans, the players. It has its own life."
Until the unlucky seventh, the Cardinals had kept things well under control. They had scored once in the first, on a double by Oberkfell and a chop single by Hendrick, and three times in the second. The key blow was, of all things, a two-run sacrifice fly. With runners on second and third, Herr sent a ball deep to center. Thomas slipped on the warning track after making the catch, and Ozzie Smith streaked all the way in from second to score, trailing McGee, who had moseyed in from third. "I just wanted to put Tommy [Herr] in the record books," said Thomas when told the two-RBI fly was a Series first.
The Cardinals scored their last run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Lonnie Smith and Dane Iorg. When they reached Slaton for a walk and a single in the eighth, Kuenn summoned lefthander McClure. "We wanted to turn Willie McGee around," said Kuenn.
McClure induced the switch-hitting McGee to hit a grounder just to the right of second. Gantner swept it up, stepped on the bag and threw to first for the DP. "If it was hit any other place, there was no way we would've gotten McGee," said Gantner. McClure quickly dispatched the Cards in the ninth, striking out Herr and pinchhitter Gene Tenace on sliders.
"The submarines have drawn back, submerged," said Thomas, continuing his nautical metaphor from the night before. "They've been struck by our depth charges."
Yount and Milwaukee were both expecting. The shortstop, who singled twice, doubled and homered in the Brewers' 6-4 victory, was eagerly anticipating the birth of his third child. And the fans were awaiting their city's first world championship in 25 years.
With each Yount at bat, the crowd shouted "Em Vee Pee," and with each at bat he proved them right. In the first inning, he singled and scored the game's first run. In the third, his double set up the Brewers' second run. His single went for naught in the fifth, but in the seventh, his solo home run to rightfield gave Milwaukee a 4-2 lead. As is the way with storybook heroes, he was humble. "I hit the ball pretty good today," he said.
He set a World Series record for most four-hit games (two), and when the fan who caught his home run ball tried to present it to him after the game, Yount said, "No, you can have it. Let me sign it for you."