Best pals and often teammates since one was 5 and the other 4, Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore had plenty of days together on a ballfield or traveling to another ballgame to dream about what they could do someday together in the majors.
They could not have imagined it going as well as a Saturday.
In his Busch Stadium debut, lefty Liberatore pitched five shutout innings for his first major-league win and it came complete with a four-hit day from his boyhood friend, Gorman. The Cardinals’ second baseman went four-for-four with a home run and four RBIs to lift the Cardinals to an 8-3 victory against division rival Milwaukee.
Gorman’s first big-league homer was just the beginning.
The second batter of the first inning, Gorman greeted Brewers’ right-hander Adrian Houser with a home run that soared over the Cardinals’ bullpen and into the seats, 449 feet away from home plate. Gorman’s teammate started shouting to the fans and negotiating a way to get the baseball from the milestone hit – not only Gorman’s first major-league homer but also the farthest hit by a Cardinal this season. And the day would get batter from there.
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