The San Francisco Giants capped a wild post-season ride by beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings to complete a 4-game sweep and be crowned World Series champs for the 2nd time in 3 years.
Giants’ slugger Pablo Sandoval, who slammed 3 homers in Game One, had added reason to party after being voted the Series most valuable player.
Having survived 6 do-or-die elimination games in the National League Division and Championship Series, the Giants closed out the season in ruthless fashion, reeling off 7 consecutive wins to secure their 7th world championship.
“What made them so special was they were such an unselfish group, they just loved one another and played for one another and the fans and had a never say die attitude,” San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy related at the trophy presentation.
“It’s wonderful what a group of guys who play like a team can accomplish. I’m numb that we have won 2 World Series in the last 3 years.” Basketball betting lines
Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland was also left feeling dazed as he watched his team swept from the World Series just days after breezing past the N.Y Yankees in a minimum 4 games in the American League Championship Series.
Detroit’s failure to win a game marked the 21st time a team had been swept from a World Series.
“I’m a bit flabbergasted to be honest with you,” Leyland asserted. “I never would have thought we might have swept the N.Y Yankees and I never would have thought the Giants would have swept up but it happened.
“It’s a weird game.”
Certainly one of the freakiest parts of the series was Detroit’s lack of production at the plate.
The single thing colder than the Michigan weather was Detroit’s bats with Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and slugger Prince Fielder going a mixed 4-for-27 over the 4 games.
“We got beat, you cannot sit up here and try to find some reason or excuse,” Leyland lamented. “They beat us, they earned it. We didn’t hit enough.”
After back-to-back shutouts and 20 scoreless innings, Detroit’s batters ultimately woke from their sleep with Cabrera and Delmon Young both slamming homers off Giants starter Matt Cain, but it was too little too late.
No team has ever erased a 3-0 deficit to win a World Series and the Detroit Tigers dug the hole a little deeper when they fell behind 1-0 in the 2nd inning.
The Tigers had an excellent opportunity to take control in the 8th when Avisail Garcia was issued a leadoff walk with their massive bats lined up to drive in the go ahead run.
But Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt defused the threat by striking out Cabrera, Fielder and Young in quick succession.
Cain allowed the Detroit Tigers 3 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings of work before handing the ball over to the bullpen, Santiago Casilla coming on in the 9th to get the last out of the inning and the win while Sergio Romo struck out the side in the 10th to record the save.