The San Francisco Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals Monday night 9-0 to win the National League Championship Series in seven games and propel themselves into the World Series for the second time this decade. The Giants will face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series and they would not gotten to this point if it weren’t for second baseman Marco Scutaro.
Scutaro was named the 2012 NLCS Most Valuable Player for his performance against the Cardinals. Scutaro batted .500 with three doubles, two RBI, two walks, five runs scored and 14 total hits in the series. All of that coming after he left Game 1 early after Cardinals’ outfielder Matt Holliday slid into him trying to break up a potential double play.
Scutaro played through most of the first game in pain but he did not quit.
Scutaro’s 14 hits in the ties an LCS record set by Hideki Matsui (2004), Albert Pujols (2004) and Kevin Youkilis (2007).
Scutaro was 3-for-4 in Game 7 with a run scored and made the final out in the pouring rain at AT&T Park.
What makes it an even better story is that Scutaro was traded twice in 2012. In January, Scutaro was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Colorado Rockies for a no-name player in Clayton Mortensen. Then, before the trade deadline, the Rockies shipped him to San Francisco for Charlie Culberson.
It is funny how things like this work out sometimes. For Scutaro, after the journey he has been on, this step to the World Series is one of the best feel-good stories in baseball right now.
Heading into the World Series, the 36-year-old will try to build upon his 10-game hitting streak.
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