Tito Landrum established the overriding priority for the St. Louis Cardinals following their 2-1 loss tonight to the Kansas City Royals in Game 6 of the World Series.
"We've got to generate some offense," Landrum said. St. Louis has only 35 hits and a .190 team batting average. "There's one game left. Pitching has been outstanding. It's time for our bats to come alive."
Brian Harper's first World Series hit gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning. But it was overshadowed -- and the Cardinals were beaten -- by former St. Louis utilityman Dane Iorg's single for Kansas City in the ninth inning.
"It was a real good pitch. I just hit it off the handle and it fell in," Harper said of his two-out RBI pinch single. "In that it was my first World Series hit, I guess it was the biggest of my career. But it would have felt better if it was a winner."
Todd Worrell, the losing pitcher, shrugged his shoulders when discussing Iorg's hit.
"If he hit it a little harder, we might have had a play at home plate," Worrell said. "Funny things can happen and I think it showed tonight. Tomorrow's it, and we'll be there."
Worrell refused to chastise American League umpire Don Denkinger for a disputed call at first base on Jorge Orta's grounder to start Kansas City's ninth.
"The umpire's got the last call. You've got to work around it. I could have gotten the next man to ground into a double play," Worrell said. "They (the umpires) are doing the best they can. You've just got to go with the breaks."
But Manager Whitey Herzog was not reluctant to lash out at the umpires.
"The American League umpires seem prejudiced against us," he said. "I'm pretty damned perturbed about the umpiring in this series. I don't care what anybody says.
"I'm not supposed to talk about the umpires. We haven't gotten one call yet. I'll say the two best teams are in the World Series. The best umpires should be too.
"Let the other guys watch it on TV. Maybe they'll learn something. We have to rate them. It don't do any good."
Following what was ruled an infield single for Orta, first baseman Jack Clark's failure to make a play on Steve Balboni's pop foul near the Royals' dugout also proved costly to the Cardinals.
"It was a catchable ball. It was just misjudged. You can't give the other team another chance," Clark said.
Worrell said Orta's leadoff hit came on a slider that was down and in and that Iorg's hit came off a fast ball.
"I was doing the best I could to get a grounder for a double play," Worrell said of the winning hit. "You've got to give some credit to the batter."
"It's a whole different ball game (if the call on Orta is 'out')," Herzog said. "Then Balboni can't do anything more than tie the game and he (Royals Manager Dick Howser) pinch hits (Hal) McRae for (Jim) Sundberg."
Worrell said Orta hit him on the heel so Orta could not have beaten him to the bag.
"He stepped on the back of my foot," said Worrell. "Orta hit my heel before he hit the bag and I had the ball. The guys said I had him by a half-step."
Herzog came out to argue the call. "He said he (Orta) beat him (Worrell), but how could he do that if he stepped on Todd's foot?" Herzog said.
Herzog also criticized the ball-strike calls throughout the Series.
"A lot of strikes have been missed," he said. "I don't care what anybody says, Joaquin (Andujar, starter in Game 3) got (cheated), too."
Pitchers in Game 7 will be John Tudor for the Cardinals against Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen, a matchup of 20-game winners in the seventh game of a World Series for the first time since 1962.