The San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 to win game seven of the National League Championship Series to advance to the World Series. The Giants rallied from a 3-1 series hole in stunning fashion. This was the Giants 22nd National League pennant and first since winning it all in 2010. Marco Scutaro was named series MVP. He had an amazing series going 14-28 (.500) with 4 RBIs and 6 runs. He had multiple hits in six of the seven games. The Giants will stay in San Francisco to host the Detroit Tigers in game one of the World Series Wednesday night.
Be it MLB, NBA, or NHL, game seven is usually one of the ultimate thrills in sports. The excitement and pressure is immense. Everything is on the line in one final meeting to decide a series. Well, this game seven didn’t exactly live up to the hype. The Giants struck early and often to put this game out of reach. In the first, Pablo Sandoval’s ground out allowed Angel Pagan to score. In the second, starting pitcher Matt Cain hit a two out single that scored Gregor Blanco. The flood gates opened in the third. Hunter Pence doubled to center scoring Marco Scutaro and Sandoval. Buster Posey also scored on a throwing error. Up 5-0, the Giants were not done in the third. Brandon Crawford grounded into a fielder’s choice that allowed Pence to score. Pagan then grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Brandon Belt. By going up 7-0 after three, the Giants took all the excitement out of this game seven. By the ninth inning, with a 9-0 lead, the biggest excitement was if the rain was going to force the Giants inevitable win to be delayed.
The Giants looked finished after losing game four to fall behind 3-1 in the series. Obviously, the Cardinals had all of the momentum. They also appeared to have the more potent offense, allowing them to challenge the strong Giants pitching staff. In the final three games of the series, the Giants bats awoke and the pitchers turned it up another notch. After scoring 15 runs in the first four games (7 of those coming in a game two win), the Giants scored 20 in the final three games of the series. Giants pitchers gave up 18 runs over the first four games. Over the final three, they only gave up 1 run. It was a shift that was hard to see coming, especially considering the experience of the defending champion Cardinals.
We now have one day to prepare for game one of the World Series. The Detroit Tigers are on their way to San Francisco. So who do I like to win the World Series? Check back tomorrow for my prediction.