Sanderson took over for Moore, the game was over. Just to make sure, Sanderson
gave up a double to Oliver, a single to Mariano Duncan and a triple to Barry
Larkin. All in all, 11 Reds came to the plate in the third, and seven of them
scored. A solo homer by Rickey Henderson in the third ended the scoring at 8-3.
Canseco had a chance to get the A's back into the game in the fifth when he
came up with two men on and two out, but he flied out to right.
Oakland fans who
left early to beat the traffic were excused. The stadium speakers played B.B.
King's The Thrill Is Gone. And for a minute, fans thought Oakland catcher Terry
Steinbach was wandering around the upper deck in full armor. It turned out to
be an imposter, but such was the state of things that had it really been
Steinbach, the crowd would have understood.
Browning was not
overwhelming, but he did give Cincinnati six innings before giving way to
Dibble and Myers. Hey, he was still a little foggy from lack of sleep. "I
can't tell if the last 48 hours were heaven or hell," said Browning.
He is so
down-to-earth that he took "that railroad, the BART" to the Coliseum
with Reds equipment manager Bernie Stowe and Stowe's son Rick. "I don't
know how he's even standing on his feet," said the younger Stowe. "The
phone started ringing at seven this morning."
what Rickey Henderson called "key home runs," Sabo also set two Series
records: errorless chances in a game at third base (10) and lifeless responses
to postgame questions (75). Sabo, who's known as Spuds for his resemblance to a
certain beer hound, didn't seem to be enjoying himself. Said Sabo after Game 3,
"I don't have much to say. I like to do my job. I get no satisfaction
getting publicity. I'd rather have my teammates appreciate me."
And they do. Said
rightfielder Paul O'Neill, "A storybook game. He hit two home runs, he got
on base, he made great defensive plays on a field he has never played on. He
kind of took us on his shoulders and played the game for us."
cautioned his teammates not to get overconfident. "Anybody here who thinks
it's over, I oughta slap 'em around a bit," he said. Little wonder that
Rijo was walking around with his mouth taped shut. Taking the tape off for a
moment, Rijo said, "It's not over. But it's close."
Of the 17 teams
that had trailed three games to none in the World Series, only three had won
the fourth game, and none had won the fifth. So the odds were against the A's
coming back. Still, they did have Stewart on the mound for Game 4. And what's
this? La Russa surprises everybody by starting Willie McGee, who hadn't started
in Games 2 or 3, in right instead of Canseco and Jamie Quirk behind the plate
instead of Steinbach.
In spite of the
last-minute lineup changes, or maybe because of them, the mood was hardly
festive in the Coliseum last Saturday evening. One banner, its creator trying
hard to get on CBS, referring to the size of a certain contract, read: CANSECO
BAGS SERIES—$23 MILLION? Overhead, a plane carried a streamer for Amnesty
International that included a phone number and the message STOP TORTURE. One of
the few hopeful signs read: IT'S NOT OVER 'TIL MARGE SINGS.
Stewart sent a
message—albeit inadvertently—to the Reds in the first inning, when he hit
Hatcher on the left hand with a pitch. Hatcher had to leave the game an inning
later and go to the hospital for X-rays, which were negative. The A's scored
their only run in their half of the first. McGee hit a sinking liner to left
center, and Davis dived for it. He caught the ball, but upon rolling over, he
dropped it and bruised his ribs and a kidney. Davis, too, left the game after
the first inning to go to the hospital, where he was to stay for five to seven
days. With two out, Piniella had Rijo walk Baines with first base open. That
curiously conservative ploy backfired when Lansford singled in McGee.