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Arlington, TX (Nov 1) – The San Francisco Giants are World Champions as they defeated the Texas Rangers by the score of 3-1 tonight. The Giants defeated the Rangers in five games to secure their first World Championship since 1954.
It has been so long as the Giants used to play in New York and as a San Francisco club, never won a championship but they have it now.
Texas had the best hitting team and they tore through the Yankees making them look old and slow but this series the Giants looked much better. Tim Lincecum was dominant as he defeated Cliff Lee for the second time in this series. This game was the pitching matchup everyone thought it would be in Game 1.
Lee pitched seven innings giving up six hits, three runs with no walks and six strikeouts. Lincecum pitched eight innings giving up three hits, one run, two walks, and ten strikeouts. Brian Wilson pitched a perfect inning for the save and recorded two strikeouts. Neftali Feliz pitched the last two innings for Texas giving up a hit and striking out two batters.
Edgar Renteria picked up the big hit for the Giants as he hit a three-run home run. Andres Torres and Freddy Sanchez each picked up a hit. Buster Posey had two hits, he will most likely win rookie of the year and showed so much this season.
Cody Ross had a hit, he was unbelievable this postseason, he was waived by the Marlins and the Giants picked him up late in the season. Juan Uribe had a hit.
Texas had three hits; they could not get anything going in this game and really the whole series, which is a credit to the Giants, pitching staff. Michael Young had a hit; Nelson Cruz hit a solo home run for the only RBI of the game. Mitch Moreland had a hit and a walk and Ian Kinsler had a walk.
All the runs came in the seventh inning, Renteria hit a three run home run off of Lee on a 2-0 pitch and Cruz hit a solo home run off of Lincecum in the bottom half of the inning.
The Giants earned their first World Championship in San Francisco. They had been waiting 56 years for this and now they will not have to hear about the drought any longer. This team billed itself as a bunch of misfits and castoffs and it worked for them. They were the team out of the eight-playoff teams to be in first place for the shortest amount of time.
The Giants spent 37 days in first place and won the division on the last day of the regular season over the Padres. The Padres had been in first for most of the season, the Giants pitching carried them through the postseason as they dominated. Renteria who may retire after 13 seasons, he had a tough season playing in only 72 games. The 72 games were the lowest of his career and he won the MVP award for the World Series.
The Cubs and Indians are now the two teams left standing with long droughts, the Rangers and Astros have never won a championship but the Rangers did make it for the first time.
The Giants proved that pitching is the most important and that once you get there anyone can win. I do not think there were many people that picked the Giants at the beginning of the year and even the beginning of the postseason but I know they made believers of us all.
The Giants have a chance to be good for a long time and give the Philadelphia Phillies a run for their money.
San Francisco enjoy your championship, you deserve it.