Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:23 pm
SF Giants win World Series
Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Photo: Lance Iversen, The Chronicle / SF
Matt Cain had one thought as he watched Marco Scutaro dig in for the at-bat of his life.
"I was just hoping he hadn't burned up all of his big hits through the year already," Cain said. "He's had so many. I was hoping he had another one in there for us."
The little Giant, the one they call "Blockbuster," did indeed. With two outs in the 10th inning, Scutaro floated a single to short center field. Austin Jackson charged hard but finally had to concede he would lose the battle with gravity.
The ball fell in, Ryan Theriot scored from second base, and three Sergio Romo strikeouts later, the San Francisco Giants were 2012 World Series champions after a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of the Tigers that sounds as implausible as the comebacks against the Reds and Cardinals that made Sunday night's celebration possible.
When Romo threw a fastball past Miguel Cabrera for strike three, out three, the Giants charged toward one another on a frigid, damp field and set off the biggest celebration in San Francisco in, what, two years?
Romo pumped his fist three times as Buster Posey raced to hug him. They had won their second rings. Angel Pagan won his first and dropped to his knees in center field. In the mad scrum behind the mound, Scutaro hit Javier Lopez's mouth with the back of his head and drew blood, though the reliever did not mind.
"It's championship blood," Lopez said.
In the middle of the clubhouse, manager Bruce Bochy hoisted the Commissioner's Trophy over his head and got a Champagne bath that drenched his big old dome.
He still looked stunned a half-hour later as he prepared to walk onto the field to do an interview.
"It's unbelievable what happened here the last two to three weeks," Bochy said. "I'm amazed. I couldn't be prouder of these guys."
To win one World Series in this era of parity and expanded playoffs is hard. Two in three years bespeaks a continuity of success rarely achieved.
The Giants are the second team to accomplish the feat since the playoff field was doubled from four to eight teams in 1995. The other was the New York Yankees, who won three in a row from 1998 to 2000. The Giants, Yankees, Marlins, Cardinals and Red Sox have won multiple titles in the wild-card era.
The Giants also got hot at the right time, as many title teams do. They finished their run to the championship with seven straight wins. Their longest winning streak during the regular season was six.
And a group of players who spoke so often about "team" put their final rally where their mouths were.
Theriot scored the winning run on a hit by the man who took his job, Scutaro, after the Giants acquired the 36-year-old from Colorado in July.
Theriot, the designated hitter, opened the 10th inning with a single off lefty Phil Coke, his only hit of the Series and third of the postseason. Brandon Crawford sacrificed and Pagan struck out to bring Scutaro to the plate with two outs.
Scutaro was a godsend for the Giants down the stretch, the MVP of the National League Championship Series. But to that point, he had been 3-for-15 in the World Series.
"My plan was to stay calm and just try to see the ball, just let it travel and try to make good contact," said Scutaro, who thought for a fleeting moment that Jackson would catch it.
"I thought, 'Get down! Don't stay up!' " he said. "When I saw it drop, I was thinking, 'Oh my God.' "
An entire visiting dugout and the faithful back home had the same thought as Theriot raced around third and scored easily ahead of a high throw. When Theriot rose from his slide, he ran just as hard toward the dugout, clapping his hands, with a deranged look.
"It was kind of a bitter-beer face," Brandon Belt said, laughing. "It was so awesome. Once again, Marco came through for us."
For the only time in the World Series, the Giants had a fight. The lead shifted from 1-0 Giants (on a Belt triple in the second) to 2-1 Tigers (on Cabrera's wind-blown home run against Cain in the third) to 3-2 Giants (on Posey's sixth-inning home run, his first extra-base hit since his grand slam in NLCS Game 5 at Cincinnati).
Cain gave the lead back on a two-out, opposite-field homer by Delmon Young in the bottom of the sixth.
Cain was angry that he let Detroit back into the game but said to himself, "You know what? It's over. I've got to get the next guy out, get us back in the dugout and let these guys battle."
And they did. Jeremy Affeldt struck out Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Young in the eighth after a leadoff walk. Affeldt added a fourth straight strikeout in the ninth, which Santiago Casilla finished. Romo did what he has done all season, and all postseason, and saved it with no muss, no fuss - and in this case, no contact.
"We beat adversity, man. We did some stuff that's never been done before," Pagan said. "We came back twice in the playoffs. We refused to go home, and look where we are."
Flying home for a Wednesday morning parade down Market Street.
Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:19 pm
It's like a dream come true.
Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:05 pm
Rich_TCB wrote:Congrats Doc
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Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:46 pm
Rich_TCB wrote:I tuned in last night to see them win. I watched a little of the other games, too. Hunter Pence came to you guys via a trade from my Phillies. He was a fan favorite here, he was a pretty cool kid. So I'm happy that he won a championship.
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Big Boss Man wrote:The pitiful way Detroit swung the bat, for a minute there I thought the Braves had secretly slipped in to the Tigers uniforms!
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drjohncarpenter wrote:Guess the maxim held true: Great pitching beats great hitting.
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drjohncarpenter wrote:I am a fan of all the major Bay Area teams (Giants, As, 49ers, Raiders, Sharks), but most partial to the SF teams since I am a native.
Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:21 am
KiwiAlan wrote:drjohncarpenter wrote:I am a fan of all the major Bay Area teams (Giants, As, 49ers, Raiders, Sharks), but most partial to the SF teams since I am a native.
I didn't realise that you are a Native American
Ohlone tribe I presume
1: inborn, innate <native talents>
2: belonging to a particular place by birth
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