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The Giants defeated the Rangers on Monday night, 3-1 and won their first World Series Championship since 1954 (New York Giants) and the first since they moved to San Francisco. Giants fans have waited 56 years –ending the third longest drought in major league baseball history. The Cubs (102 years) and Indians (62 years) are the longest.
A team that was called “the misfits” took down the potent lienup of the Texas Rangers. A very young team mixed with veterns, could stand to be a good team for years to come.
Edgar Renteria –who won the World Series MVP Award– batted .412 (7-for-17) with two home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored. His three run home run in the seventh, turned out to be the winning runs for the Giants.
The pitching was lights out. They combined for a 11-4 record with a 2.47 ERA and an opposing batting average of just .196. Not an easy thing to do when the Rangers lineup consists of Josh Hamilton, Vladi Geuerrero, Ian Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz.
“It’s been storybook the whole year,” closer Brian Wilson said. “We had to win this one because of the guys who come in our locker room all the time and never got to experience one — Willie Mays, McCovey. This one’s for them.”
Wilson and his beard picked up six saves this post season. He struck out 16 through 11.2 innings pitched. Wilson closed out game five of the world series, facing three and striking out two.
Tim Lincecum picked up his second world series win on Monday night. He pitched eight innings allowing one run on three hits and struck out 10. ”The Freak” this post season was 4-1 (five starts) with a 2.43 ERA. In 37 innings he struck out 43.
“The last game, maybe my nerves got the best of me,” Lincecum said. “There was a little adrenaline rush and I didn’t keep myself collected. Today, knowing those things were going to happen, I took more deep breaths. I took time when I needed to.”
Lincecum became just the third pitcher in major league history to pitch eight or more innings in a world series clincher while allowing no more than one run and three hits, while striking out atleast 10. He joins the list with Sandy Koufax (1965) and Orval Overall (2008).
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