The San Francisco Giants got on a roll in the postseason, and didn’t stop until they were crowned World Series Champions. And while it took 10 innings to do, the Giants beat the Tigers 4-3 in Game 4 to complete the sweep and claim their seventh championship.
Marco Scutaro would be the hero, driving in Hunter Pence in the top of the 10th inning to give the Giants the go-ahead run. Pence reached on a single, and was moved to second on a Brandon Crawford sacrifice bunt. Scutaro followed with what would be the deciding blow for the Giants.
Overall, it was a pitcher’s duel most of the way through. Max Scherzer gave up three runs on seven hits for the Tigers, going 6 and 1/3 innings. He struck out eight batters, but he would be long gone before the final lead change happened. Matt Cain went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five batters.
It was a game of “Can You Top This?” with the home runs and base hits during Game 4, as neither team would gain a clear advantage until that 10th inning hit. Here’s a brief scoring summary from the game:
- Top 2 – Brandon Belt triples to score Hunter Pence, Giants lead 1-0
- Bot 3 – Miguel Cabera hits a 2-run home run, Tigers lead 2-1
- Top 6 – Buster Posey hits a 2-run home run, Giants lead 3-2
- Bot 6 – Delmon Young hits a solo home run, game tied 3-3
- Top 10 – Marco Scutaro singles to score Hunter Pence, Giants lead 4-3
Giants closer Sergio Romo came on in the bottom of the 10th for the Giants, and struck out the side in order to pick up the save in spectacular fashion. He caught Miguel Cabrera looking on a called third strike to end the game. It’s interesting to note that Romo didn’t allow a single baserunner in the entire World Series.
Pablo Sandoval, affectionately known as Kung Fu Panda, was named World Series MVP. He held a .500 batting average through the series, including the historic three-homer game in the series opener at AT&T Park. Two of those shots came off Game 1 starter Justin Verlander.
After the game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland admitted the defeat of the Tigers and offered his congratulations to the Giants on winning the series:
First off, congrats to the Giants. They swept us, I tip my hat to them. We got beat, we didn’t hit enough. Obviously we only got five hits in the game. For a team that was down to Cincinnati, they deserve it. I’m a little flabbergasted in both of those series. I never thought we would sweep the Yankees, and I never thought the Giants would sweep us. If it goes seven games and ends on a bloop hit, you could say it was a fluke hit. But they swept us in four games, there was no fluke.
For the Giants, it’s their seventh World Series Championship, and second in the last three years. They won the NL West by holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then they wrapped up their NLDS against Cincinnati in five games. After that, they eliminated the St. Louis Cardinals in just five games before moving on to sweep the Tigers.
The Tigers eliminated Oakland in their ALDS match, winning the series in five games. After that they swept the Yankees in the ALCS before getting swept by the Giants in the World Series.
The World Series provided its share of drama and exciting moments. But in the end, it was the Giants that would reign supreme with their seventh championship.
Now that the season is over, it’s a clean slate across the board for 30 teams. For San Francisco, this is where they start preparing to defend their World Series crown. For 29 other teams, it’s a rebuilding process to make sure that 2013 ends better than this year did.
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