(DETROIT) — The San Francisco Giants are World Series champions after sweeping away the Detroit Tigers, 4-3, in 10 innings on Sunday night.
Marco Scutaro delivered the big hit in the top of the 10th to give the Giants a 4-3 lead. The 4-0 Series win over Detroit marks the Giants’ second World Series championship in three seasons.
“When pitching is your strength, you want a good defense,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That shows up every day. … Hitting sometimes, it comes and goes. But as long as you can stay in more games, the better chance you have of winning them, and that’s how we play.”
Giants catcher Buster Posey put them ahead 3-2 with a two-run homer in the sixth before Tigers designated hitter Delmon Young tied the game with a homer of his own for the Tigers in the bottom frame.
“Tonight was a battle,” Posey said, who now has two World Series titles for his career. “And I think tonight was a fitting way for us to end it because those guys played hard. They didn’t stop, and it’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Scutaro came through all postseason long for the Giants, who faced six elimination games in their run to the championship.
“That’s what makes it so much special, the way we did it,” Scutaro said, who won his first World Series championship. “We’re always against the wall and my team, it just came through first series, second series and now we sweep the Tigers.”
Sergio Romo struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th for his third save of the Series, the final one was this year’s Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera. The NL has now won the last three Fall Classics.
“Obviously, there was no doubt about it. They swept us,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “So there was certainly no bad breaks, no fluke.”
After being benched in 2010 against the Rangers in their last title run, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was voted the World Series MVP, going 8 for 16, including a three-homer performance in Game 1.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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