The San Francisco Giants captured the 2012 World Series title by sweeping the Detroit Tigers in four games. This latest World Series Championship for the Giants is their second in the past three years.
Once again the Giants overcame the odds to realize the ultimate MLB dream. However, it didn’t come easy.
The Giants had to persevere through a handful of elimination games in multiple prior series to reel off seven victories in a row. When it was all said and done, the notched their franchise’s seventh World Series Championship.
In Game one, Pablo Sandoval AKA Kung Fu Panda got things started by homering off Tigers ace Justin Verlander in his first at bat. Sandoval went on to homer against Verlander again in the third inning. In his third at bat, he connected for his third homerun of the game off Relief Pitcher Al Alburequerque. Sandoval made it a historic night by joining an elite group of players who hit three homeruns in a World Series game. Albert Pujols, Reggie Jackson, and Babe Ruth (twice), are the other three who’ve accomplished the feat.
Games two and three were all about the Giants’ pitching. Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong shutdown the Tigers before the bullpen came in to shut the door. Relief pitcher Tim Lincecum and Closer Sergio Romo made huge contributions with their stellar relief pitching.
Last night in the Tigers’ first elimination game of the series, their bats finally came to life. AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and DH Delvin Young both homered off Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain. Cain held up for seven innings before Relief Pitcher Jeremy Affeldt came in to strike out four batters. The game landed into extra innings tied 3-3 and in the tenth inning the Giants finally scored a vital run off a Marco Scutaro RBI single. Closer Sergio Romo came on in relief to try to close out the Tigers for the World Series title. Romo struck out all three batters that he faced, including Miguel Cabrera for the last out of the game.
And just like that, the Giants are back on top again.
It was a special series. Perhaps it didn’t have the flash of a New York Yankees vs. (Fill In the blank), but it was filled with multiple feats, which in my eyes made it special.
The Giants winning two out of the last three World Series titles means that over the last 90 years, only three other National League franchises have pulled off that feat. In the last 90 years, only four other NL teams have swept another team in the World Series.
That’s impressive any way you cut it. And something tells me they’re not done yet.