Marco Scutaro singled home the tie-breaking run in the 10th inning as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 to complete a four-game sweep of the Fall Classic and win their second World Series title in three years. Despite, Scutero’s extra inning heroics, I have to credit Giants catcher Buster Posey for getting the team’s biggest hit of the game.
When the champagne suds finally dry up and a group of boisterous and eccentric Giants players look back on this World Series, they might all point to their catcher’s big hit in the sixth inning of game 4 as not just the biggest hit of the game, but the entire postseason.
The Tigers had life in Game 4 and you could sense they smelled blood. Starting pitcher Max Scherzer was dealing aces with his team clinging to a 2-1 lead and the Giants bats looked as cold as the drizzle falling form the cool October sky. Then it happened. San Francisco’s quiet catcher let his bat do the talking for him.
The NL batting champion struck just when the Giants needed him most. Posey turned on a Scherzer change-up in the top of the sixth inning for a two-run homer to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. The ball manged to stay fair, landing just inside the left field foul pole to put San Francisco back on top. Scherzer had struck out seven Giants through the first five innings before Posey got to him with a man on.
The Giants lead was short lived. Delmon Young homered off Matt Cain in the sixth inning, pulling Detroit back to a 3-3 tie as the Tigers tried to avoid a four game sweep. But, you could sense that some of the air had been sucked out of the Tigers players and their fans.
It was as if Posey had already put the last nail in the Tigers World Series coffin.
The score remained knotted at 3-3 until veteran journeyman Scutero delivered the clutch hit in the 10th inning to drive in Ryan Theriot to put the Giants ahead for good.
Theriot started off the inning by getting a single off the seemingly invincible Phil Coke. Brandon Crawford nearly bunted for a base hit but settled for the sacrifice instead to move Theriot into scoring position . Angel Pagan struck out and Scutaro singled into short center field as Theriot slid home ahead of Austin Jackson’s throw.
Sergio Romo came in the close the game out and Pablo Sandoval, who hit three homers in Game 1, was selected Series MVP. He was 1 for 5 in Game 4, dropping his Series average to .500 (8 for 16).
As good as the Giants were all series long, I can’t help but look back at Posey’s 2-run home run in the sixth inning. If he doesn’t come through there and the Tigers tack on another run to stretch the lead to 3-1, this could be a whole new series with Justin Verlander slated to pitch game 5.
Posey has the making of another Derek Jeter type of player, Quiet, confident and a born leader that knows how to win. That’s not bad company to keep in just your third year in the majors.
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