Rookies Gorman and Liberatore have a blast powering Cardinals to 8-3 win vs. Brewers

Derrick Goold

When Nolan Gorman reached the dugout after his first big-league home run gave the Cardinals the lead in his boyhood pal Matthew Liberatore’s first big-league home start, the pitcher was waiting with open arms and a message only a lifelong friend could deliver.

“Finally,” Liberatore exhaled.

Teammates on the field and roommates away from home for more games than they can count, Gorman and Liberatore’s dovetailing careers continued to soar to new heights Saturday as they have for years — together. Gorman slugged his first homer and added a double and a single by the fourth inning. He finished with four hits and four RBIs all while his lifelong friend from Phoenix pitched five shutout innings for his first big-league win in the Cardinals’ 8-3 victory against Milwaukee at Busch Stadium.

When the Cardinals’ top power prospect and top pitching prospect arrived in the majors — their promotions announced together, on the same day — veteran Adam Wainwright pulled them aside and told them they could “be their own person.” And they will be. Eventually.

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“It’s been a fun ride with him,” Gorman said. “It’s pretty crazy.”

“It just keeps getting crazier,” Liberatore echoed.

The last decision manager Oliver Marmol made late Friday night about the next day’s lineup was whether Gorman would play and where the rookie would hit. After an initial flurry of hits, Gorman’s production cooled with…

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