Game 6 was a good illustration of the difference between the Cardinals and the Twins at that point of the 1987 season. The Cardinals scored first, and scratched together five runs over the first five innings primarily on the base paths. Tom Herr’s first inning home run aside, the Cardinals took some time to score their runs, did so by exchanging outs to move runners, and didn’t score more than twice in any single inning.
The Twins, on the other hand, scored eight runs over two innings, did so with home runs and extra base hits, and generally scored quickly.
More random thoughts from the game:
-ABC recruited Paul Molitor and Tony Gwynn to film scouting reports on the important pitchers in the series; Molitor for the Twins’ pitching staff and Gwynn for the Cardinals’. The insight the future Hall-of-Famers gave in their 30-second reports was greater than anything FOX generally gives over the course of the full broadcast. Good stuff, and I would like to see a network bring that concept back.
-In the eighth inning some college football scores rolled across the screen. The first: #2 Nebraska 42, Kansas St. 3. Ah, the good ol’ days.
-During one of Dick Such’s (Twins pitching coach) visits to the mound, the crew discussed his 1967 season in the Eastern League. Such’s line that season was 0-16 with a 2.81 ERA. Micahels made the comment that Such was still called up to the majors late that year despite his poor record. Now, I don’t know what the run-scoring environment was in the 1967 Eastern League, but a 2.81 ERA indicates that Such did have some success that season, an idea that at least Michaels couldn’t seem to wrap his head around.
-In the top of the ninth inning, the Twins had a six-run lead and with two outs the Cardinals had Vince Coleman at first. Coleman took off, and despite the game situation Steve Lombardozzi covered second and ultimately let a Tom Herr routine ground ball get through the space he left to cover second. Tom Kelly was livid in the dugout. Apparently the focus on fundamentals never turned off.