Giants sweep Tigers in World Series
October 30, 2012
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History has been made as the San Francisco Giants win the World Series by sweeping the Detroit Tigers four games to zero. They are the 21st team to win the series after having a 3-0 lead. This is the second time the San Francisco Giants have made it to the World Series in three years. No team has done this since the 1999-2000 New York Yankees. The Giants surprised baseball nation when they won three road games in the division series; no team has accomplished this until the Giants. Then again, in the conference championship where they faced the St. Louis Cardinals, they pulled out of a 3-0 deficit to win that series and the NLCS title. In the first game of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco, the Giants blew the Tigers out of the park with an 8-3 win to start the series. Then on October 25th in the second game of the World Series the Giants shut out the Tigers 2-0. Then the Giants were away in Detroit, Michigan where they once again shut out the Tigers at their home stadium 2-0. Many said that was the last nail in the coffin and the Giants had won the World Series. In his article World Series title awaits Giants after historic dominance of Tigers Jeff Passan stated “The World Series ended Saturday night. They will play a Game 4 because they have to”. With the Giants wanting to sweep the Tigers, they needed to win game four of the series. However, the Tigers were not about to be put down so easily. In the first inning both teams remained scoreless. Then in the top of the second, Brandon Belt of the Giants hit the ball deep into the right field allowing Hunter Pence to score. The Tigers then finished out the top of the second with out allowing any more runs. The Tigers would answer Pence’s run in the bottom of the 3rd when Miguel Cabrera hit a 358 foot home run allowing Austin Jackson to score as well. The Tigers now had a 2-1 lead over the Giants. The Giants fought to equalize the score but were unable to do so until the top of the sixth inning when Buster Posey hit a homer allowing Marco Scutaro to score as well. The Giants were once again in the lead 3-2. But Detroit turned around and scored off a home run from Delmon Young in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 3-3. Both teams fought to gain the lead to win the fourth game. However, neither team was able to score in the remaining innings, sending the game into extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning Ryan Theriot hit a line drive to right center allowing him to advance to first base. Then Crawford hit a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher allowing Theriot to run to second base. Then Tiger pitcher, Phil Coke, struck out Angel Pagan making it two outs for the Giants. Scutaro was up next, and hit a single to center field allowing Theriot to round third and score for the Giants giving them the lead 4-3 in the extra innings. The Tigers were able to finish out the top of the inning without allowing any more runs. All the Giants had to do was finish out the bottom of the 10th without the Tigers scoring and they would win the World Series. Sergio Romo came into relieve Santiago Casilla at pitching. Romo struck out the first two batters and victory was insight. Then the Tigers sent out Triple Crown winner Cabrera as their last hope to extend the Tiger’s post season. The game ended when Romo was able to get Cabrera to watch strike three for the final out. The Giants, who came back twice to make it to the World Series, had won the title in just four games. "Tonight was a battle," Giants star Buster Posey said in an interview with a reporter after the game. "And I think tonight was a fitting way for us to end it because those guys played hard. They didn't stop, and it's an unbelievable feeling." With the Giants winning their seventh World Series, the Major League Baseball season has finally come to an end with another historic World Series.