Yount is not crazy about all the MVP yelling. "It's a little embarrassing," he said. "I appreciate that it's a compliment, but it's something I'm not that concerned about. I just want a world championship." When asked if he would like to win the Series and have his wife, Michele, give birth on the same day, Yount, who batted .521 in the first five games, said, "That would be very nice."
Of course, Yount didn't win the game alone. The Brewers played excellent defense, and Caldwell pitched a gutty, if somewhat motley, game. He allowed 14 hits in 8⅓ innings before giving way to McClure, who got his second save in as many days.
The Cardinals seemed to take up where they left off in the seventh inning of the fourth game. They made mistakes, both mental and physical, and stranded 12 runners, at least one in every inning. "That's the way this game is," said Porter. "This stupid, great game." Even more discouraging was the performance of Sutter, who was again roughed up, this time for two important runs in the eighth.
St. Louis had a chance for an early lead, but in the first inning Lonnie Smith was thrown out trying to steal third just before Hernandez broke his 0-for-15 slump with a single. "If you make the play, it's good," said Herzog of the attempted steal. "If you don't, it's bad."
The Cardinals lost several runs to superb glove work by Milwaukee. In the third, Second Baseman Gantner made a diving stop of a Hendrick single to save a run. In the fourth, Third Baseman Molitor handled a difficult chop to nail McGee and then started a double play on a ball hit by the speedy Ozzie Smith. In the fifth, Rightfielder Moore made a diving backhanded stab of Lonnie Smith's liner to right center. Smith said he would have had an inside-the-park homer had Moore missed the ball. In the seventh, Cooper made a terrific diving stop on Porter's ball with two men on and two out. In the ninth, Molitor made another nice play, his throw beating Lonnie Smith by a step at first. "You read all about their hitting," said Hernandez, "but they've got it all around. They've played great defense this whole Series. They've got a bunch of gamers."
The Brewer hitters kept pecking away at Forsch, scoring their runs in the first and third on grounders to Hernandez. In the fifth, Moore led off with a double, and Molitor singled him home. But the Brewers left the bases loaded that inning and were within easy reach of the Cards until Yount hit Forsch's 2-1 outside fastball into the rightfield seats.
Sutter entered in the eighth, some would say a day too late. "I used him tonight because I wanted to stay close and take a shot at it," said Herzog. The Milwaukee fans were so cocky they were shouting, "We want Sutter! We want Sutter!" They got him, all right. After a single and a walk put runners on first and second with two out, Sutter allowed singles to Moore and Gantner, and the Brewers had a 6-2 lead.
With one out in the final inning, Caldwell gave up back-to-back doubles to Green and Hernandez and a single to Hendrick, making the score 6-4. Mr. Warmth, pitching in his shirtsleeves, exited to a standing O. "He's the kind of pitcher who can pitch a three-hitter or a 14-hitter and look the same," said Simmons.
Porter greeted McClure with a single, but then McClure got McGee to swing at and miss a two-strike breaking ball and induced pinch-hitter Tenace to fly to Oglivie in left to end the game.
The fans poured over the fences, turning somersaults, spinning cartwheels and hugging the outfield turf. They called for the Brewers to come back out, and Kuenn, Moore, Caldwell and Yount responded. They could get only as far as the top step of the dugout. "They're nice people but they're like a wave," said Yount. "You can't stop them."