The Milwaukee Brewers’ huge 7-2 victory Friday night in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series came 36 years to the day after a Game 6 blowout loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1982 World Series.
The Brewers chugged into St. Louis with a head of steam after a 6-4 victory in Game 5 at County Stadium late on a Sunday afternoon.
How different was the game back then? In the Game 5 Mike Caldwell went 8 1/3 innings for the win, allowing 14 hits. The Cardinals scored twice in the ninth inning off Caldwell before Bob McClure came on to record the final two outs.
Robin Yount went 4 for 4 in the game with a homer and a double.
The Brewers arrived in St. Louis with a World Series championship on their radar. Instead, Game 6 went sour rather quickly.
The Cardinals scored seven runs in the first five innings off Don Sutton. A cold front sparked thunderstorms that caused two rain delays totaling more than 2 1/2 hours. The game started with temperatures in the 80s and ended with temperatures in the lower 50s.
After the Cardinals jumped to their 7-0 lead against Sutton, reliever Doc Medich allowed six runs in a disastrous sixth inning. The Brewers didn’t score till the ninth to make the final score a painful 13-1. A 6-3 loss in Game 7 — the Brewers held a brief 3-1 lead in that game — was even more painful.
Friday night’s victory over the Dodgers was the Brewers’ first in franchise history in a Game 6. Playing in only the third seven-game series in the team’s 49 seasons, the Brewers also lost Game 6 to the Cardinals in the 2011 National League Championship Series.