The Rangers needed a stellar performance from Cliff Lee to keep their hopes alive. Instead they got six shut-out innings from him before Edgar Renteria’s three-run bomb in the seventh helped lead the Giants to a 3-1 win.
It was the first time the Giants won the World Series since 1954 when they were still in New York.
Tim Lincecum pitched beautifully, his only blemish being a solo shot by Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the seventh. Lincecum went eight innings, allowing only a run on three hits, two walks, and striking out 10. Brian Wilson notched the save by striking out Cruz to win the game.
Former Phillies Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand won their second titles, respectively. Burrell’s first came with the Phils in 2008 and Rowand’s in 2005 with the White Sox.
The Rangers’ Bengie Molina will still receive a ring despite playing on the losing side. He played 61 games this season with San Francisco, qualifying him as a member of their championship team.
It’s also the second straight year Lee has made it to the World Series but left empty handed. He led the Phillies to the Fall Classic last season but fell to the New York Yankees in six games.
Congratulations Burrell, Rowand, and the rest of the Giants for winning the World Series. Way to bring it back to the NL!
And on a side note, so glad to see Buster Posey win. Hard to not root for that kid.