Another Giant pennant
(AP) – The Giants and Tigers have been major league franchises for well over a century. They will square off in the World Series for the first time, beginning Wednesday in San Francisco.
The Giants are National League champions following a 9-0 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS in San Francisco. It’s the 20th pennant for the Giants, who earned it by becoming only the seventh team to win a league championship series after trailing three games to one.
Each member of the Giants’ starting lineup scored a run and/or collected an RBI by the end of the third inning. That includes starting pitcher Matt Cain, who laced a run-scoring single in the second and limited the Cardinals to five hits over 5 2/3 innings.
San Francisco put the game out of reach with a five-run third that made it 7-0. Hunter Pence supplied a two-run double in the third and finished with two of the Giants’ 14 hits.
Series MVP Marco Scutaro again was the Giants’ offensive spark, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Scutaro hit .500 in the series and had at least two hits in six of the seven games.
Brandon Belt put an emphatic end to San Francisco’s assault with a solo homer in the eighth inning. Belt was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, while Angel Pagan was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Most of the damage came against Kyle Lohse one of the league’s best pitchers during the regular season. Lohse was chased in the third inning, charged with five runs and six hits.
The Cardinals experienced an offensive meltdown over the last three games, scoring just once after averaging 5.6 runs during their first nine postseason games. The defending World Series champions went 1-4 in potential series clinchers.