by Leo Baratta Jr.
SC Staff Writer
The San Francisco Giants completed their stunning seven-game win streak on November 28, claiming the World Series title for the second time in three years.
The Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the final game, completing their dominant sweep. They outscored the Tigers 16-6 in the series.
Game four provided plenty of excitement.
The first score of the game came in the second inning, when Brandon Belt hit an RBI triple to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers bounced back in the third inning, scoring two runs on a Miguel Cabrera homerun to take the lead. The lead marked the first time in 56 innings the Giants were trailing in a game.
The teams then swapped homeruns in the sixth inning. Buster Posey’s two-run shot in the top of the sixth inning gave the Giants a one run lead—but not for long. Delmon Young’s solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning tied the game up at 3-3.
The game-winning run came in the top of the tenth inning, when Marco Scutaro drove in Ryan Theriot with an RBI single to take the lead.
The game ended with Giants closer Sergio Romo striking out Miguel Cabrera looking on a fastball.
The World Series MVP title was awarded to Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval finished the series batting 8 for 16 (.500) with three homeruns.
All three homeruns came in game one of the series, which puts him in the same class as Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols as the only players to hit three homeruns in a World Series game.
When asked what it means to join the three homerun club in a post-game interview after game one, Pablo Sandoval said, “Man, I still can’t believe it. When you’re a little kid, you dream of being in the World Series, but I was thinking of being in this situation, three homers in one game. You have to keep focused, keep focused and playing your game.”
Sandoval didn’t homer for the rest of the series, but he continued to contribute with his bat and glove.
The Tigers’ bats failed to come alive all series. The Tigers were held to a .159 batting average, which is the third-worst average in World Series history.
The Giants shut out the Tigers two out of the four games, finishing the series with a 1.42 ERA.
This series marks the second time in seven years that the Tigers have reached the big game and failed to come out champions.
While the series was of high importance to Giants and Tigers fans, the rest of the country failed to tune-in and watch. The series posted an all-time low television rating for the World Series.
With the win, the Giants became the first team since the 2000 Yankees to win at least two World Series titles in three seasons.
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