The Giants swept the Tigers Sunday night with a 4-3 victory in the 10th inning. Yes, the Tigers actually scored some runs. No, in the end it didn't really matter.
Well. That's it, folks. The Giants have won it. They are World Series champions. They've got the whole enchilada. The fat lady has sung. Etc etc. If you haven't been doing it already, it is officially time to stare out the window and wait for spring. Be sure to check back here often for news and features throughout the off-season!
Game 4: Giants 4, Tigers 3 (10) - I admit, I was at dinner with friends all evening, so this recap is based on the box score, Twitter, and the comments below. It appears the wind played a big difference in tonight's game, as most of the runs came via the long ball. The Giants once again scored first when Hunter Pence doubled and Brandon Belt tripled in the 2nd inning. But it didn't look grim for long, as the Tigers managed to score some runs - yes, that's right, multiple runs, at once even, when Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run in the 3rd. Buster Posey hit a just-over-the-fence two-run home run of his own in the 6th to give the Giants a lead, and Delmon Young tied it up right after that with a solo blast. Max Scherzer worked 6 1/3 innings, giving up all three earned runs, and struck out eight. Matt Cain was sent out there for seven frames and gave up all three of his runs on the two homers. Phil Coke struck out the side of Giants in the 9th but gave up the winning run in the 10th. With two outs, it was none other than Marco Scutaro who drove in Ryan Theriot. Sergio Romo struck out the side in the bottom half, throwing nearly all sliders, and getting Miguel Cabrera to stare at a strike three fastball down the middle. Giants win series 4-0.
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The Detroit Tigers, having swept the Yankees in the ALCS and earning a 5-day layoff, are on the edge of being swept right out of the World Series. It's the second time the Tigers have had a long break (2006) and the second time they have struggled coming back. Except for Justin Verlander and Jose Valverde, their pitching has been more than adequate, it's their offense that is practically non-existent: their three runs scored thus far is the lowest since 1966. No team has ever come back from being down 3-0 in a World Series, and it doesn't look like the Tigers will be the first...
World Series Game 4: San Francisco Giants (Matt Cain) @ Detroit Tigers (Max Scherzer) - 5pm on FOX
Game 3: Giants 2, Tigers 0 - The Tigers were only shut out twice all season. Now, they've been shutout in consecutive World Series games (also the first time since 1966). The Tigers sure had their chances yesterday against Ryan Vogelsong. In the 2nd and 4th, innings, they had two on and one out and ground into double-plays both times. They loaded the bases with one out in the 5th, but Vogelsong got a pop-out of Quintin Berry and a strikeout of Miguel Cabrera to end the threat. But when Tim Lincecum came in in relief of Vogelsong, the Tigers were toast: two and a third hitless innings out of Timmy, and a no-nonsense save from Sergio Romo. The two runs that the Giants scored in the 2nd inning held up. Giants lead series 3-0.