Two Giant Leaps for Fan-Kind: Kung Fu Panda receives Series MVP nod in title sweep of Tigers
Sergio Romo recorded the final out when triple -crown winner Miguel Cabrera struck out looking as the San Francisco Giants completed a four game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series on Sunday, Oct. 28.
The victory marks the second Fall Classic crown in three seasons for manager Bruce Bouchey’s ball club.
Marco Scutaro delivered the go-ahead single to center field in the tenth that lifted the G-men to a 4-3 victory.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig awarded the world championship pennant to the Giants skipper and the series’ Most Valuable Player to the Giant’s third basemen, Pablo Sandoval.
After being benched in the 2010 series, Sandoval took full advantage of his championship opportunity. Sandoval, also known as the “Kung Fu Panda,” went eight for 16 in the series, including a three home run performance in game one.
An overjoyed Giants outfielder Hunter Pence yelled, “World Series champions!” on camera during the postgame celebration in the festive locker room. Pence was acquired in a midseason trade from the Philadelphia Phillies and reveled in the moment of championship triumph.
San Francisco took the first two contests home at AT&T Park and closed it out with two more wins in the Motor City.
Matt Cain, Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla preceded Romo as the four combined for three runs off five hits and 12 strikeouts.
The Giants combined for a 1.42 ERA in the series, outscored the Tigers 16 to six and held the opposition to a .159 batting average.
San Francisco’s win is the third straight for the National League after the team claimed the 2010 title over the Texas Rangers, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals last season.
After the game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland admitted that his team was simply outplayed throughout the series and that there were no excuses to be made.
“Obviously, there was no doubt about it. They swept us,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland told ESPN reporters during the Fox broadcast. “So there was certainly no bad breaks, no fluke.
“Simple, they did better than we did,” he said. “It was freaky. I would have never guessed we would have swept the Yankees and I would have never guessed the Giants would have swept us.”
The loss marks Leyland’s second in the Fall Classic. The skipper’s team fell 4-1 at the hands of the Cardinals in 2006.
Tigers reliever Phil Coke took the loss and gave up what proved to be the game winning run in extra innings.
ODU alumnus Justin Verlander was on that ‘06 club and fell on the short end of the stick once more. In his only start of the series, Verlander dropped a game one loss, giving up five runs off six hits in four innings of work. Tigers pitching gave up 16 runs in four games.
Giants pitchers combined for a shutout over Detroit in game two for a 2-0 victory and series win.
The series then shifted to Comerica Park, and the Giants picked up where they left off, recording an identical 2-0 win in game three before wrapping up the series in four straight games.
By: Brian Jerry