San Francisco Giants World Series 2012 Champs!
Small ball reigns supreme as the San Francisco Bay Area celebrates in victory.
World Series 2012 Game 4 Summary
After jumping out to a 1-0 lead by a Brandon Belt triple driving in Pence, the Tigers roared back with a 2 run blast by AL Triple Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera in the 3rd. In the 6th, after a no out single by Marco Scutaro, catcher Buster Posey homered to left field giving the Giants a 3-2 lead. The Tigers fought back in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game at 3-3 with a solo shot by Delmon Young.
Through six, both starting pitchers Matt Cain and Max Scherzer demonstrated gutty performances pitching through the drizzle and windy conditions. Scherzer would be pulled in the 7th and Cain in the 8th.
In the bottom of the 8th, Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt came in to throw the biggest game in his career. With the heart of the Tigers order up (Cabrera, Fielder, Young), he proceeded to mow 'em down with some of the nastiest breaking balls I've ever seen, striking out all three. The game would move onto extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, Ryan Theriot singled with no outs. Brandon Crawford moved Theriot over to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt. Then The Man of this entire playoff season came to the plate, Marco Scutaro. On a 3-1 count, Scutaro singled to center scoring Theriot giving the Giants a 4-3 lead. Giants closer Sergio Romo, a star all himself, came in to clean up for the win striking out Miguel Cabrera.
Highlights of the 2012 Playoffs
- Panda's history setting 3 home night
- The return of Barry Zito
- A Romo led bullpen that shut down any rally threat
- Marco Scutaro's blistering hitting throughout the entire playoffs
- A strong starting pitching staff that worked 6 innings of solid ball
- Pagan and Blanco's diving defensive plays
- Hunter Pence as The Reverand
- Pablo Sandoval, World Series 2012 MVP; 0.512 Batting Avg
A New Era. A New Transformation.
Gone are the days of being the doormat of the National League. The Giants, ever since moving into AT&T Park in 2000, have had terrific success. In the 2001 season, we saw Barry Bonds go for a record setting 73 home runs breaking Mark McGwire's record. In 2007, we saw Bonds hit the history making 756th home run at the park, breaking Hank Aaron's all time record.
In 2010, dubbed "The Year of the Torture", the Giants won the World Series, their first since 1954 from their days in New York.
Tonight, they won another world title by sweeping the Detroit Tigers on great pitching, timely hitting, and a Tiger roster that just couldn't hit in pressure situations.
The Come From Behind Kids
This year's playoffs were truly remarkable.
Down 0-2 against the Cincinnati Reds in the best of five National League Division Series, they came back winning three straight games to advance to the second round. They were the first in history to accomplish that feat.
In the National League Championship Series, they were down 1-3 in a best of seven showdown only to come back to win three straight to go to the World Series. As the rain poured from the sky in the ninth inning of game seven, we were all clued in from the baseball Gods above that it was our time again to repeat as champions.
Once again its magical here in the SF Bay Area. Its good to revisit that feeling again. Although that feeling will dissipate over time, there's one thing you have to take from this.
Never give up.
Because when the chips are down, something good is about to come just around the corner. And that is what makes the SF Bay Area so great.
About Kerry Kobashi
Kerry is the founder of KerryOnWorld. He lives in Silicon Valley.