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The San Francisco Giants have won their second World Series in three years by sweeping the Detroit Tigers.
The Giants won Game 4 in 10 innings at Detroit’s Comerica Park. The Tigers actually took their first lead in the World Series on a wind blown homerun by Triple Crown winner and probably AL MVP Miguel Cabrera. Probable NL MVP Buster Posey hit a two run homerun to give the Giants a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth. But Tigers DH Delmon Young tied it at 3-3 with a solo homerun in the bottom if the inning.
Marco Scutaro got the go ahead hit in the 10th to give the Giants a 4-3 lead and Sergio Romo struck out the side to clinch it. Cabrera made the final out by striking out looking.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was named the World Series MVP. Sandoval went 8 for 16 during the Series including a three homerun performance in Game 1.
But the Giants pitching played a big role in the Series shutting out the Tigers in both Games 2 & 3. To put that into perspective, the Tigers were shutout twice during the regular season.
The Giants, of course, danced on the edge of the precipice in both the NLDS and NLCS and yet managed to overcome 2-0 and 3-1 deficits against the Reds and Cardinals, respectively. The Tigers simply had too much time off between sweeping the Yankees in the ALCS and Game 1 of the World Series and were no match for the Giants or Hunter Pence’s infectious pep talks.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland guided the team to their second AL pennant in seven years but couldn’t grab the brass ring. It isn’t clear if Leyland will return to manage the Tigers in 2013 or if he will retire.
The Giants’ win marks the first World Series sweep since 2007 when the Red Sox dispatched the Rockies. The Giants are the first NL team to sweep since the Reds rolled over the A’s in 1990.
The Giants will have their victory parade in San Francisco on Halloween. Somehow I don’t think Giants fans will be feeling all that spooky.
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