Baseball’s Best: San Francisco Giants

Giants Sweep Tigers in WS

The San Francisco Giants have won the 2012 World Series. In game 4, the Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings. This victory completed a four-game sweep. The Tigers erased a 1-0 deficit with a two-run dinger by 3B Miguel Cabera of Detroit to make the score, 2-1 Detroit. Giants C Buster Posey responded with another two-run blast that gave SF the lead 3-2. This marks the first time in which both batting champs homered in the same World Series, let alone in the same game. Tigers DH Delmon Young tied the game with a solo home run. At 3-3, the game went into extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, Giants 2B Marco Scutaro knocked in the winning run with a base-hit. The Tigers failed to score against Giants P Sergio Romo in the bottom-half of the 10th and San Francisco claimed their seventh all-time crown.

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Giants Going for Sweep

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-0, in game three of the World Series. All the Giants need to do, is win one more game, to claim their second World Series championship in three years. In three WS games, San Francisco has allowed three runs. Only the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks and the 2004 Boston Red Sox have achieved the same feat (both won). Unfortunately, the Tigers have lost six consecutive WS games. Game four begins at 8:07 p.m. on FOX.

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Giants Take Control

Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs in game 1 of the World Series to lead San Francisco to an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. In game 2, the Giants were able to win again, this time, mainly because of P Madison Bumgarner pitching seven scoreless innings. Two years ago, he also did not allow a run in his first WS start. This makes Bumgarner the second pitcher to not allow a run in each of his first two WS starts, with the other being Christy Matthewson. Now the Giants have to win two more games to claim their second  title in three years. The next three games will be played at Comerica Park in Detroit. San Francisco is 4-2 in playoff road games this season, while Detroit is 3-2.

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Giants Claim Game 7

The San Francisco Giants won game 7, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in the NLCS to advance to the World Series.  They will play the Detroit Tigers in a best-of-seven series. For the Giants, it will their second appearance in the WS in three years.  San Francisco becomes fourth team to win three straight games against the defending champions, when trailing in a series to advance. Cardinals C Yadier Molina was the bright spot for St. Louis, batting 4 for 4 in the loss. Alas for him, the remainder of the team was 3 for 30. Giants SS Marco Scutaro was named NLCS MVP.

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Sweep!

The Detroit Tigers are headed to the World Series. After sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS by winning Game four 8-1, the Tigers will be in their second WS in seven years (2006 vs. Cardinals). Tigers SP Max Scherzer struck out 10 of 16 batters, and SS Jhonny Peralta hit two home runs. The Yankees never held the lead in any of the four games.

Meanwhile in the NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants in Game Four, 8-3 and now lead 3-1 in the series. Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright allowed one run in seven innings. St Louis can clinch tonight in Game 5, at 8:00 p.m. on FOX.

 

Reds Fall Short

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-4, to cap an amazing comeback in the 5 game series, after trailing 0 games to 2. Ironically, the Giants were held scoreless for eight of nine innings. Unfortunately for the Reds, the Giants put up a six spot in the fifth inning. This was marked by Giants C Buster Posey’s grand slam to give the Giants a 6-0 lead. The Reds responded with two in the bottom half. A home run by LF Ryan Ludwick cut the deficit in half in the sixth. In the ninth inning, the Reds scored yet again bringing the score to 6-4. As the winning run at bat, RF Jay Bruce had an epic battle with Giants closer Sergio Romo. In what resulted in a 12 pitch at-bat, Bruce fouled off pitch after pitch after pitch. Then, he flied out to left field for the 2nd out. 3rd Baseman Scott Rolen struck out to end the series.

Game 5

Games 3 and 4 went to the San Francisco Giants, and now the Reds and Giants have a rubber match that determines the entire series. An all or nothing game 5 will begin at 1:00 pm on TBS. Reds SP Mat Latos will face Giants SP Matt Cain. The Giants may have the momentum after winning two in a row on the road, but Latos has been a Giants killer. Latos has a 0.56 ERA against the Giants this season in two regular season starts. He is also much better at home than on the road, with an ERA of 3.18 as compared 3.93. Don’t forget he pitched 4 innings in Game 1 and allowed one run in the victory. Cain, on the other hand, has struggled vs. the Reds. After going 0-2 against the reds this season with a 5.54 ERA, Cain lost Game 1 of the series, allowing two home runs. Still, nobody will be surprised if the Giants win Game 5 and sweep the Reds at home, but the same can be said about a Reds victory. In other words, nobody knows, they will have to watch to find out.

 

Reds Destroy Giants

The Cincinnati Reds easily beat the San Francisco Giants 9 to 0. The Reds have a 2-0 series lead. Reds LF Ryan Ludwick started the scoring with a home run. Then, the Reds put on a hitting clinic as every staring Red had a hit and Bronson Arroyo pitched 7 scoreless innings allowing one hit. Cincinnati can clinch with a win Tuesday at Great American Ballpark. Game 3 begins at 5:30 p.m, tomorrow on TBS.

(Eric Risberg/ Associated Press ) - Cincinnati Reds’ Ryan Ludwick hits a solo home run in the second inning during Game 2 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

Other Scores:

Nationals 3 Cardinals 2  Series 1-0

Yankees 7 Orioles 2 Series 1-0

Tigers 5 A’s 4 Series 2-0

 

No Cueto, No Worries

The Cincinnati Reds defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the five game series. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had 1 HR and 3 RBI in the victory. Right fielder Jay Bruce also went deep for the Reds. Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was injured in the first inning and had to leave the game. Cueto was suffering from back spasms. Meanwhile, the bullpen had to step up to the plate. Sam LeCure, Mat Latos, Jonathon Broxton, and Aroldis Chapman helped collectively on the mound. Cueto is reported to be hopeful for a game 3 start on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Giants pitcher Matt Cain received the loss, while LeCure got the win.

Reds to Play Giants

We all know by now that the Cincinnati Reds will play the San Francisco Giants on Saturday for game 1 of the NLDS. First pitch will be at 9:37 p.m. at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Reds finished 97-65 for the season, while the Giants finished 94-68. Johnny Cueto will start for the Reds on the mound versus Giants’ hurler Matt Cain. This will be a best of 5 series, meaning the team with three wins will advance to play in the NLCS. Saturday’s game will be televised on TBS.