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How Sweep It Is

The San Francisco Giants are Champions again after sweeping the Detroit Tigers 4-0.  This series was not even close.  Who would have thought at the beginning of the season, the Giants, without their eccentric closer Brian Wilson, would win the World Series. He was lost for the season after he tore his ulnar collateral ligament 2 weeks into the season, which ended with Tommy John surgery.  Let’s not forget the very slow start by 2-time Cy Young award winning pitcher Tim Lincecum, I know I didn’t.  The Giants ended up winning their division by 8 games over hated rivals, the Dodgers.  They hit a paltry 103 home runs (MLB worst) as a team for the season.  In the postseason, they dropped the first 2 games on the road in the NLDS to the Cincinnati Reds.  They then won the next 3 at home to move on.  In the NLCS the Giants were down 3 games to 1, to the St. Louis Cardinals when they turned it around and moved on to the World Series.

The 108th fall classic started out by The Panda, Pablo Sandoval, striking gold by clubbing 3 home runs in his first 3 at bats in Game 1.  He became only the 4th player in history to accomplish that feat (Babe Ruth ((twice)), Albert Pujols, and Mr. October, Reggie Jackson).  That set the tone for the rest off the series as the Giants pitching staff did not allow a run in either Game 2 or Game 3, winning both games 2-0.

Game 4, the Tigers showed some life.  Down 1-0, reigning Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera, hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning to give his team their first lead of the series.  It was short lived as Buster Posey hit a change-up down the line and out of the park giving the Giants the lead 3-2 in the top of the 6th.  Delmond Young tied it again in the bottom half of that same inning to tie it 3-3.  But, it was all for not as Marco Scutaro blooped a single that scored Ryan Theriot from second in the top of the tenth.  Sergio Romo came in and officially closed the door in the bottom of the 10th, striking out the side.

Detroit was overmatched running into a pitching staff that from 1 thru 5 is the best in the majors.  So good that Lincecum was tagged for relief duty rather than take the mound as a starter. During this series, the Tigers In fact they scored 6 runs the entire series.  Only 3 of those six came off the starters.  In fact, the Tigers did not score a run off the SF starters until the last game, Game 4.  Bottom line:  Great pitching beats great hitting every time.  Congratulations to the Giants for winning their second World Series Title in three years and their 7th in franchise history.

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