Bruce Sutter and Game 7
What you see today from closers is often a one inning outing. However, Bruce Sutter was relief workhorse who would bring his split finger fast ball for two or three innings to save a game. Game 7 of the 1982 World Series was no exception..
Game 7 was highlighted by RBI singles by Lonnie Smith, Keith Hernandez, George Hendrick, Darrell Porter, and Steve Braun. It was also highlighted by Joaquin Andujar giving the Cardinals seven strong innings before turning it over to Bruce Sutter.
However, it was Sutter’s 8th and 9th innings and who he had to face in those two innings, which makes this game memorable.
Inheriting a 4-3 lead, Sutter started the 8th by going up against the heart of the Brewer lineup. The right hander started the inning by getting Paul Monitor to ground out, then struck out Robin Yount, and induced Cecil Cooper into a ground out.
With the Cardinals leading 6-3 going into the ninth, Sutter once again set the lineup down in order. The final out being a swinging strikeout of Gorman Thomas. The Game 7 scene has always been completed by Porter and Sutter running into each other’s arms after Thomas’ strikeout.