Nine innings of no runs meant that the Kansas City Royals' dressing room had become the dungeon in the House of Tudor. It was a fairly cheerful dungeon. The occupants felt they didn't deserve such a severe punishment, considering John Tudor's shutout tonight "was the first time they've really beaten us in the Series," according to outfielder Darryl Motley.
Hal McRae, who made the biggest out of this 3-0 St. Louis victory, even indicated Thursday night's Game 5 will be a must game for both teams. "If we win tomorrow, we'll be in good shape," he said. "We'd be going home, and the pressure would be on them not to blow it."
The Royals do appear to have the pitching advantage in the next two games. Thursday, it will be powerful Danny Jackson against Bob Forsch, who was the Cardinals' fifth starter most of the season.
In Game 6, the Cardinals would use Danny Cox and the Royals would use Charlie Leibrandt, who had almost as good a year as Game 3 victor Bret Saberhagen. If there is a Game 7, it would be Tudor and Saberhagen. Don't bet the overs in that one.
"If we have to be down 3-1, I can't think of three better pitchers to have going in the remaining games," catcher Jim Sundberg said. The Royals climbed back from a 1-3 gulch to beat Toronto in the playoffs last week. Jackson also was the pitcher in the fifth game of that series, and won, 2-0.
After tonight's game, Jackson didn't want to comment on his last-stand assignment here.
For six innings tonight, the Cardinals had lost more runners on the bases (three) than the Royals had had base runners (two). Then, in the seventh, Tudor allowed two singles and his only walk.
So McRae, the designated hitter in a DH-less World Series, got to take his one at bat for the night, pinch-hitting for Buddy Biancalana with two out. "I went up wanting to hit the first pitch," McRae said. "I didn't want to take any pitches. I wanted to get my three cuts."
McRae made it a relieved seventh-inning stretch at Busch Stadium by grounding the first pitch to Terry Pendleton, who stepped on third base for the forceout.
"I swung at a bad pitch," McRae said. "It was over the plate, but low. I wish I hit it foul or missed it."