World Series recap: Sweeping statement

AP File PhotoSergio Romo screams out in celebration after throwing the final pitch of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

AP File PhotoSergio Romo screams out in celebration after throwing the final pitch of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

A look back at the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.

Game 1
Giants 8, Tigers 3

Tigers ace Justin Verlander came into the opening game riding high after allowing just two runs over 24¹?³ postseason innings. Pablo Sandoval quickly knocked him off his perch, blasting home runs off the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner in the first and third innings. Sandoval added another homer in the fifth inning against Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque to push the Giants to a 6-0 lead, becoming just the fourth player ever to have three home runs in a World Series game. Barry Zito followed up his stellar NLCS outing with 5²?³ innings of one-run ball.

Game 2
Giants 2, Tigers 0

The second game of the Fall Classic was an old-fashioned pitching duel. Doug Fister allowed just four hits over six innings, despite taking a line drive to the head off the bat of Gregor Blanco in the second inning. Madison Bumgarner solved a mechanical issue and returned to his dominant ways, allowing the only two hits the Tigers mustered in Game 2. The Giants scraped together a run in the seventh when Brandon Crawford grounded into a run-scoring bases-loaded double play. The Giants added one more insurance run in the eighth when Angel Pagan came in to score on a Hunter Pence sacrifice fly.

Game 3
Giants 2, Tigers 0

As the World Series moved to Detroit, the Giants had their two postseason aces lined up to start, beginning with Ryan Vogelsong. Gregor Blanco tripled home Hunter Pence to start the scoring in the second inning, and Brandon Crawford followed that up with a single to center field that scored Blanco. Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo combined for the Giants’ second straight shutout in the Series. The Giants became the first National League team to post back-to-back World Series shutouts since the Cincinnati Reds did it to the Chicago White Sox in 1919 (yes, the Black Sox).

Game 4
Giants 4, Tigers 3 (10 innings)

The Giants, with a chance to clinch their second championship in three years and their ace, Matt Cain, on the mound, jumped onto the board first as Brandon Belt tripled home Hunter Pence in the second inning. Miguel Cabrera, who had been kept quiet all Series, found his stroke and the jet stream toward right field, belting a two-run homer that granted the Tigers their first lead of the World Series. NL MVP candidate Buster Posey answered with his own two-run shot to left field three innings later, pushing the score to 3-2. Delmon Young added another homer to tie the game at 3-3, eventually forcing extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, unlikely designated hitter Ryan Theriot knocked a leadoff single and was subsequently sacrificed to second. After Angel Pagan struck out, Giants postseason hero Marco Scutaro singled to center, scoring Theriot. Sergio Romo came in to shut the door, striking out the Tigers in order.

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