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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

San Francisco Giants MLB World Champions

The Giants won their first championship in San Francisco ever in Arlington, Texas. 6 total championships for the Giants franchise (5 as New York Giants). The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers in 5 games in the World Series on Monday, November 1st, 2010. In San Francisco the Giants have had 9 playoff appearances and while in New York, as NY Giants and as NY Gothams, they have 14 playoff appearances. This was the Texas Rangers first appearance in AL championship series and World Series, and only 5 playoff wins previously. Edgar Renteria recieved the most honorable award, the Most Valuable Player, in the World Series.

Game 1 on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, the San Francisco Giants won at home 11 to 7 to the Texas Rangers. Tim Lincecum got his first World Series win and Cliff Lee got his first postseason loss. The Rangers as a team went 11-for-36 with 4 walks and 5 strike outs. Rangers players with a(n) RBI; Vladimir Guerrero (2), Elvis Andrus (1), Bengie Molina (1), David Murphy (1), and Nelson Cruz (2). The Giants as a team went 14-38 with 1 walk and 12 strike outs. Juan Uribe hit a solo home run in the 5th inning. Giants players with a(n) RBI; Freddy Sanchez (3), Buster Posey (1), Cody Ross (1), Aubrey Huff (1), Juan Uribe (1), Travis Ishikawa (1), and Nate Schierholtz (1).

Game 2 on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 in San Francisco, the Giants added to their series lead with a 9-0 win over the Rangers. Matt Cain got the win for the Giants, pitching 7.2 innings, allowing only 4 hits, 2 walks, no runs, and also only stroke out 2. C.J. Wilson got the lossing decision, pitching 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs (both earned) 1 was a HR, and had 4 strike outs. The home run C.J. Wilson gave up was a one shot hit by Edgar Renteria (series MVP) in the 5th inning. The Rangers as a team went 4-for-30 and the Giants went 8-for-32. Giants players with a(n) RBI; Edgar Renteria (3), Juan Uribe (2), Aubrey Huff (1), Aaron Rowand (2), and Andres Torres (1).

Game 3 on Saturday, October 30th, 2010 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, the Rangers got their first win (only win) of the World Series. Rangers won the first World Series game at Rangers Ballpark with a score of 4-2 over the Giants. Colby Lewis got the winning decision and Neftali Feliz got the save for the Texas Rangers. Jonathan Sanchez got the loss for the Giants. The Giants went 5-for-31 with 2 walks and 8 strike outs. Giants players with a(n) RBI; Cody Ross (1) and Andres Torres (1). The Rangers went 8-for-29 with 4 walks and 4 strike outs. Rangers players with a(n) RBI; Mitch Moreland (3) and Josh Hamilton (1). All runs were scored off home runs. Home runs by Giants; a solo shot by Cody Ross and a solo shot by Andres Torres. Home runs by Rangers; a 3 run hit by Mitch Moreland and a solo hit by Josh Hamilton.

Game 4 on Sunday, October 31st, 2010 in Arlington, Texas, the Giants, the 1st overall ranked team in ERA, got back to their winning ways with a 4-0 shut out against, the team ranked 5th overall in runs, the Rangers. The Giants rookie pitcher Madison Bumgarner pitched an 8 inning shut out and received the winning decision. The Rangers rookie pitcher Tommy Hunter received the lose with pitching 4 innings allowing 5 hits, 2 runs (both earned) and 1 HR, walked 1, and 1 strike out. Home runs by Aubrey Huff in the 3rd for 2 runs and Buster Posey for a 1 shot homer to straight on center in the 8th inning, both by the Giants. Giants players with a(n) RBI; Aubrey Huff (2), Andres Torres (1), and Buster Posey (1).

Game 5 on Monday, November 1st, 2010 in Arlington, Texas, the Giants win the World Series with a score of 3-1. Tim Lincecum got the win, his 2nd of the World Series, in the rematch against Cliff Lee, who got his 2nd loss in postseason play. Brian Wilson, famous for his beard dyed black unlike his natural color of brown, got the save and pitched the final strike out to Nelson Cruz. A 2 run clutch home run by Edgar Renteria in the top of the 7th off Clif Lee, for the Giants, and a solo home run by Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the 7th off Tim Lincecum, for the Rangers. The Rangers went 3-for-30 with 1 RBI, 2 walks, and 12 strike outs. Rangers players with a(n) RBI; Nelson Cruz (1). The Giants went 7-for-33 with 3 RBI, no walks, and 8 strike outs. Giants players with a RBI; Edgar Renteria (3).

The Giants never kept the same line up throughout the whole series (and pretty much the whole season and postseason). Cody Ross started out hitting 7th and ended up batting 4th in Game 5. Cody Ross' batting average for the whole postseason was .294, and had 15 hits, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 7 walks, and 11 strike outs. Buster Posey started games 1 to 4 as the clean up hitter (first rookie catcher to do so) and hit in the 3rd spot in game 5. Buster Posey had 1 hit in every game of the World Series besides in Game 5 where he had 2 hits. Since this is Posey's rookie season this is his career postseason stats; .288 average, 17 hits, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 walks, 18 strike outs. Tim Lincecum over the 2010 postseason (his first postseason appearance) racked up a 4-1 record, losing to only Roy Halladay (ended up 1-1 against Halladay), an ERA of 2.43, allowing only 25 hits (over 6 starts), 11 runs (10 earned), 3 home runs, walked only 9, and had 43 strike outs. While Lincecum started only 6 games, Brian Wilson closed for 10 games (11.2 innings) with 6 saves. Wilson had an ERA of 0.00, allowing only 1 run, 5 hits, 4 walks, and 16 strike outs. Also Wilson received a winning decision (so he was 1-0) and 1 blown save. Now for the MVP of the series, Edgar Renteria hit 2 home runs in the World Series and 6 RBI. For the 2010 postseason he hit a respectable .286 average, 10 hits, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 walk, and 5 strike outs. Edgar has been in the postseason 7 times, in 1997 (with the Marlins), 2000-2004 (with the Cardinals), 2005 (with the Red Sox), and 2010 (with the Giants), 5 of those teams advanced to the division series, and then he's been in the World Series 3 times. He has 2 rings, one with the 1997 Marlins and now with the 2010 Giants. This is his first World Series MVP, which Giants closer Brian Wilson called "adorable."
Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning the championship and congratulations to the Rangers for being AL champions (over the Yankees!). Now it is officially the offseason. Let the offseason trades, deals, and free agency begin.

Links to boxscores
World Series Game 1- Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants: http://es.pn/dma1Q5
World Series Game 2- Texas Rangers vs. San Francisco Giants: http://es.pn/9pixfd
World Series Game 3- San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers: http://es.pn/bW6mus
World Series Game 4- San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers: http://es.pn/dCl9Yw
World Series Game 5- San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers: http://es.pn/auw5EY
Links
San Francisco Giants Team History & Encyclopedia- Baseball-Reference.com: http://bit.ly/bTRT7T
Texas Rangers Team History & Encyclopedia- Baseball-Reference.com: http://bit.ly/91jStX
Cody Ross Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/b7OLzK
Buster Posey Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/9kXfz4
Edgar Renteria Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/bnsYnm
Tim Lincecum Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/9mZez5
Brian Wilson Stats- ESPN: http://es.pn/9987Zm
MLB Playoffs: Off the list of tortured franchises, the San Francisco Giants beg- ESPN: http://es.pn/cvGJK6
Renteria again a World Series hero- ESPN: http://es.pn/d4pLAP
Giants snap 55-year streak in style- ESPN: http://es.pn/9CXJfW
Young Giants shine in World Series- ESPN: http://es.pn/b2pSWE
Giants win the Series! Giants win the Series!- MLB: http://bit.ly/cdSXvq
Bochy backbone behind Giants' success- SanFranciscoGiants.com: http://bit.ly/akzZhE
Rangers' title dreams dashed by Lincecum- TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/aF2eyW

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