Can one ball game turn a team around?
"No," St. Louis Manager Whitey Herzog said yesterday after Ozzie Smith delivered a two-run single in the 13th inning and David Green added five RBI to end an eight-game slide and give the defending world champion Cardinals a 9-5 victory over the Cubs in Chicago.
"It doesn't mean beans," he continued. "One game doesn't mean anything in the game of baseball."
But his own ballplayers are betting he knows more than he's telling. The dramatic victory reversed a Cubs' streak of six straight over the Cardinals, and sparked hopes of a late-season surge--most likely because St. Louis came back from several costly errors and sent the game into extra innings by knocking out reliever Lee Smith, who brought a National League-leading 18 saves and a two-run edge into the ninth.
Lonnie Smith's one-out homer drew St. Louis to 5-4. Ozzie Smith singled behind him and took second on a passed ball, one of four by Cubs catchers. Green then singled Smith home for his third RBI.
The Cardinals scored four times in the 13th to give the victory to Dave Rucker (3-1), the fifth of six St. Louis pitchers.