Game 4 Recap: Giants Sweep the Tigers to Win the 2012 World Series
Monday October 29th, 2012
Kyle Holland: If your favorite sport is baseball, what more can you ask for in a game? Even if you love or hate the Giants, you can’t help but have been amazed by game 4. Any baseball fan should have enjoyed that contest. The war between the Giants and Tigers. Like the guy who sat behind home plate all series. He wore a Marlins jersey and hat to all the games. That is dedication. That is a man who loves his baseball.
After the grueling 162 game regular season, the San Francisco Giants are your 2012 World Series champions! This crown did not come with ease, as most of you know. They went down 0-2 vs the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS. They miraculously came back to win that series. Then came the NLCS. They split games 1 and 2, and then the Giants lost 2 straight to go down 1-3. They somehow made a comeback against a great Cardinals team to even make it to the Fall Classic.
Game 4 of the Series comes around, and the Giants try to complete a sweep. They had not yet trailed in the series, and were on a 6-game winning streak. With the ace in Matt Cain taking the mound, the Giants looked like they would be taking out the brooms after game 4.
The Giants, once again made an appearance on the scoreboard early. Hunter Pence ripped a ground rule double into the gap in the second inning with one out. This was followed by a triple from Brandon Belt to give the Giants the 1-0 advantage early in the game. With a man on third and only one out, the Giants had a chance to do more damage but Blanco grounded out and Theriot flew out to end the threat.
Come the third inning and the Giants had another chance. Crawford singled to lead off. After two straight outs Pablo Sandoval singled to right field and Crawford advanced from first to third. Posey flew out to center to end any chance of increasing the digits on the scoreboard.
In the bottom half of the third, the Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera, finally got his bat going. After a one out walk to Austin Jackson, Quinton Berry advanced him to second on a bunt. With two outs, Miguel Cabrera drove a fly ball to right. What looked like would be routine for Hunter Pence, turned out to carry just enough to leave the yard. The wind must have had some factor on this as the flag in center field was going crazy. It took 28.5 innings, but the Tigers had their first lead of the series, 2-1.
The next 2 innings would prove to be a pitchers duel as only 2 runners reached base, one for each team. The top of the fifth the Giants would retaliate against Cabrera’s home run. After an infield single by Marco Scutaro, Sandoval would strike out swinging, bringing up Buster Posey. After what has been a tought World Series for the MVP hopeful, hitting only .273 with one RBI coming into game 4, he was bound to do something right. On a 1-0 count, Posey, on one knee, hit a no-doubter to left field. A two run shot to regain the lead 3-2.
The Tigers would refuse to lose hope. In the bottom half of the sixth, Matt Cain would record 2 quick outs getting Cabrera to strike out swinging and Fielder to pop up to Crawford. Next up, Delmon Young. Young would take one out of Comerica Park, to show the Tigers had as much fight in them as anyone.
Their would not be many more threats in the scheduled 9 innings. The only minor threat came in the bottom of the ninth, still tied 3-3, when Johnny Peralta connected on a pitch from Jeremy Affeldt and sent it flying. He had all 42,152 fans in attendance standing on their feet. The ball died just in front of the wall in to Angel Pagan‘s glove for a loud second out. They would then bring in Santiago Casilla, who hit the first batter, to end the inning by getting Gerald Laird to ground in to a fielder’s choice.
The top of the tenth inning started with a single from DH Ryan Theriot. Keep in mind, Theriot had never DHed in his life before this. Now he was DHing in the possible clincher in a World Series. That is how much faith Bruce Bochy had in him. Brandon Crawford then bunted him over to second. Angel Pagan then struck out swinging for the second out.
With 2 outs and the go ahead run on second in extra innings in the World Series clinching game, who would you want up? The Giants got exactly who they wanted, Marco Scutaro. This man has been the definition of clutch ever since Holliday’s take out slide in game 2 of the NLCS. He did not disappoint. He singled to center field to score Theriot and suddenly the sweep was right in front of the Giants. Pablo Sandoval grounded out to end the top of the tenth.
In came Sergio Romo. Perfect in the postseason. No base runners allowed the entire playoffs. He struck out Austin Jackson to start the inning. Next was Don Kelly. He suffered the same fate, going down by way of the K. Then came the Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera. Exactly who the Tigers wanted up. Already one home run in the game, who’s to say he couldn’t tie it up with one swing? Romo said that. On a 2-2 count he gave him a fastball right down the middle. Romo struck out the side ending it with a backwards K as Cabrera took strike 3 called to end the game.
As one teams dreams crashed to the ground, the Giants started popping the champagne for their second world series won in three years. Although this was their second in three years, it was also their second since moving to San Francisco in 1958.
When looking at San Francisco, you can’t point to one specific player as being the key player in game 4, as it truely was a team effort. From Scutaro’s clutch in the tenth, or Posey’s bat in the sixth to Crawford’s glove all game, this entire team came together and pulled out an amazing victory.
Congratulation San Francisco on an amazing season and proving people wrong in the playoffs en route to becoming the 2012 World Series champions. It was well deserved.
Win: Santiago Casilla (1-0)
Loss: Phil Coke (0-1)
Save: Sergio Romo (3)
Home runs: Miguel Cabrera (1), Buster Posey (1), Delmon Young (1)
Game time: 3:34
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