About an hour or so before Game Four of the World Series, I got hit by a car. I was walking across the street, and a vehicle rolled through a stop sign, and turned right into me. The driver wasn’t going very fast, but the impact was great enough to knock me down. My first thought was that I wouldn’t be able to jump up and down if the San Francisco Giants won the game, which is telling, not only of my poorly ranked priorities, but also the seriousness of the collision.

Nonetheless, I probably should’ve gone to the hospital, but I toughed it out so that I wouldn’t miss my favorite team winning the World Series. The first few innings were fine, but as my right knee began to stiffen up and the dull pain became a little bit more throbbing, I wondered if I might have made a mistake. By the bottom of the ninth, I felt like Omar Infante looked after getting hit in the hand by a pitch from Santiago Cassila.

Worth it. So completely and utterly worth it, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in extra innings to complete a World Series sweep with four straight wins over the best that the American League had to offer.

The Giants opened up the scoring in the second inning when Hunter Pence launched a ground rule double to the deepest part of Comerica Park, which was followed by a triple off the bat of Brandon Belt to give San Francisco a 1-0 lead. The Tigers responded in the third inning when a Miguel Cabrera home run with Austin Jackson on base gave Detroit their very first lead of the World Series.

It wouldn’t stand though, as Buster Posey doing his best to legitimatize his MVPosey nickname, hit a two-run homer of his own in the sixth inning, scoring himself and Marco Scutaro. The Tigers answered back in the home half of the inning, tying the game at three with a Delmon Young home run off of Matt Cain’s hanging slider.

It stayed that way until the top of the tenth when Ryan Theriot, a much maligned designated hitter choice, led off the inning with a single off of Phil Coke. After Brandon Crawford used a sacrifice bunt to move Theriot into scoring position, Marco Scutaro hit a liner up the middle to bring the winning run home.

Sergio Romo came into the game in the bottom of the tenth, and shut down the Tigers batters as he’s done all series long, this time striking out all three batters he faced to ensure that the San Francisco Giants won the seventh World Series title in franchise history, and the second championship since moving to California.

The Win Expectancy Graph

The Most Important Play Of The Game

Obviously, the final out of the game was the most important. With two out, in the bottom of the tenth, down by a single run, the Detroit Tigers best player went head-to-head against the best reliever on the San Francisco Giants.

Miguel Cabrera struck out looking to Sergio Romo.

The Shamsky Award

Named after Art Shamsky, who single handedly increased the Cincinnati Reds’ chances of winning by 150.3% in a losing effort during a game in 1966, The Shamsky Award is given to the player on the losing team who contributes the most to them winning.

Although Octavio Dotel recorded the highest win probability added in defeat through his relief efforts in the seventh and eighth innings, we have to go with Delmon Young who hit a solo home run, and was probably the best batter throughout the playoffs for the Detroit Tigers.

The Starting Pitcher Comparison

 

Pitcher IP TBF H HR ER BB K
Max Scherzer 6.1 26 7 1 3 1 8
Matt Cain 7.0 28 5 2 3 2 5

Bringing Up Buster

Buster Posey has struggled mightily during the postseason. That’s likely explained, at least partially, by how other teams have approached the best player on the San Francisco Giants, and also explained by bad luck. One thing for certain though is that Posey’s struggles haven’t stopped him from taking advantage of mistakes by opponents.

This was first seen in the deciding Game Five of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds when Mat Latos left him a spicy meatball in the middle of the zone that he blasted over the fence for a grand slam. Tonight, Max Scherzer offered the right-handed hitter a change up that didn’t drop nearly as much as the pitcher.

This is what the contact off of Posey’s bat looked like.

He did it for all of us, you guys:

The Called Strike Of The Game

A 1-1 curve ball from Jeremy Affeldt in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Things You Won’t Believe

The starting left fielders for both the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers were signed as Minor League free agents this past off season.

When Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the third inning off of Matt Cain, it represented the very first time that the San Francisco Giants had trailed a game in 57 innings.

The San Francisco Giants are the first team with six triples in a postseason since 1993, when the Toronto Blue Jays hit eight and the Philadelphia Phillies hit six.

When facing Max Scherzer, hitters increase their batting average by 64 points between the second time they see him and the third.

Coming into his at-bat in the tenth inning, Marco Scutaro had 106 swings this postseason. He had missed just twice.

The Awful Thing The Anthem Singer Did

Demi Lovato sang the anthem before Sunday night’s game, and it was terrible. However, it taught me something new.

Because of this disasterpiece, I learned what melisma is. It’s the term used to describe singing a single syllable of text with several notes in succession, like Whitney Houston used to do. It’s likely in the top ten of worst things ever.

The Awful Thing The Broadcasters Did

As always, image courtesy of 30fps.mocksession.com.

So, uh, could anybody tell me if it was cold in Detroit on Sunday night? I didn’t hear about the weather a dozen times each inning at all.

The Awful Thing The Manager Did

While it’s laughable to consider that Ryan Theriot would be counted on as a designated hitter in any game, let alone a potential deciding game in the World Series, his place in Game Four’s lineup was one born out of a lack of viable options. Jim Leyland really doesn’t have the convenience of such an excuse for batting Quintin Berry second in the lineup.

Now, the importance of lineup construction is often overstated, but we’re talking about the same Quintin Berry who put up a .317 wOBA versus right-handed pitchers in 2012. Meanwhile, Andy Dirks had a .379 wOBA against right-handed pitchers this season, and he hit sixth tonight.

You could probably question Bruce Bochy about leaving Matt Cain in the game for the seventh inning, but don’t forget that he was facing the eighth, ninth and first batters in the order. Even if he allows a hit, a worst case scenario brings up Quintin Berry.

The Awful Thing The Baserunner Did

Stop diving head first into first base. Just, stop it. It makes absolutely no sense, whatsoever.

The Jack-O-Lantern Of The Game

The Best Place To Watch The Game That Isn’t Comerica Park

The MVP of the World Series

Pablo Sandoval went 8-for-16, with three home runs over the four game series sweep.

Tweets Of The Game

Stray Observations

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to suggest that one of the key differences between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers in the World Series has been defense. I thought about this eight times during the game.

Matt Cain’s slider looked very hittable through most of the game. In the sixth inning, when the wind began blowing toward right field, it made even the measliest of hits look threatening. Every time he threw a breaking pitch, it was terrifying.

Jeremy Affeldt walked Avisail Garcia, struck out Miguel Cabrera, struck out Prince Fielder and struck out Delmon Young. If you told me that Bochy told Affeldt to walk Garcia on purpose so that he could strike out the next three batters, I wouldn’t dismiss it.

Not to be outdone, Tigers reliever Phil Coke struck out the first seven Giants batters that he saw in this series.

I’m off to the hospital, dressed in orange and black.

Comments (44)

  1. Bring on the fairweather giants fans.

    • If the Giants has just bought the shittiest division in baseball again and again, then they’d only have Real Fans.

      • +1 to Drew Fairservice. He’s a much better tweeter than any one at the Score. That includes you, Renee Paquette.

        • I like drew, but you won’t see me wearing a jays hat the next time they are in the world series. (although the jays in the playoffs would be nice to see)

  2. This is the start of something absolutely horrible.

    Bandwagon Giants fans, which are plentiful (and make up 90% of AT&T park), have always been the bane of sports fans everywhere…always decked out in bullshit Panda hats and spouting factoids from 2010 and never beyond. We ignored them, because the Cards won last year and it died down.

    But now, with this kind of a win…it will grow. You will see assholes with Posey tattoos on their lower back and numbnuts with scraggly beards trying to be like Romo on every street corner. But worst of all will be the sheer arrogance. More specifically, the ignorant arrogance. This sweep hammers in their believe that they’re simply better than everyone, and we’re all going to suffer because of it.

    • +100 to the Foreseer. He is truth.

    • I was in sf during that fan appreciation day the February after they won the world series in 2010. I understand everything about this.

      • I was at fan appreciation day in September the day after they clinched this year, and it was awesome. Everyone i interacted with was perfetly fine. The only thing that got tiresome was the the ‘Dodgers suck’ chants, cause they were playing the padres.

    • The funny thing is this piece was written by a bandwagoner who latched onto the Giants 3 years ago.

  3. Lol I think you meant Omar Infante not Omar Vizquel

  4. Pretty sure Omar Vizquel is in an old folks home and not getting his hand broken

  5. I’m glad you’re ok Parkes, but imagining you getting hit by a car with a Panda hat on with a Parkes 69 SF jersey is making me giggle.

  6. Little known MLB rule 10.02-1-c states that “If in a given year a player has won the batting triple crown and in that same year strikes out looking to end the World Series the award is revoked and stricken from all record books”

    Damn, that’s harsh but fair.

    • -1 for making your own rule and commenting on it. If you had just kept out the last sentence you were golden. Now you suck and are in the negatives. You really blew it this time Sam.

  7. Don’t you ever have complex pangs of guilt for not suffering the hardships before the success?

    • +1 to dougiejays. I just like your name because I don’t understand your question. It’s late and I’m tired.

    • +100 to dougiejays. I understand your comment now.

      -1 to Parkes. Do you need some treatment for that burn?

  8. Also…as much as replacement middle infielders named Omar tend to run together…the guy the Tigers rented from the Florida Marlins is definitely not named Vizquel.

  9. Congrats on the win and Feel better soon Dustin!!!

  10. +Infinity to the SF Giants. The World Series is the hardest championship to win in sports.

    +1 to Parkes. He got hit by a car, people.

    -1 to bandwagon fans.

    -1 to Stoeten because the Jays didn’t make the World Series. For shame, bearded human. For shame.

    • What?? The Jays didn’t make it??? I read Parkes saying his favourite team won, so I totally thought it must have been them. Who was it, then????

      • Isn’t it amusing how Parkes was all Jays … and then he needed to separately define his existence, so he did so by aligning with a team that is very far away?

        I wonder whom he’d cheer for if he were to move to SF.

        • +10 to Stoeten. I can’t stay mad at you.

          +0.5 to Beau. Parkes has been a SF fan for a while. But you are right about his quick transition from the Jays to those amazing Giants.

      • He’s been on the bandwagon now for about “30 months”. Bwahahaha!

  11. I was at the game tonight…except for the fact there were 42, 000 people there, it reminded me of a Jays game in mid-April. The scoreboard kept telling people to get loud, and half the time you could hear a pin drop

  12. Parkes did you see who the driver of the car was? I’m betting it was Ned Colletti.

    Hopefully you didn’t wait too long at the hospital last night.

  13. Man the fuck up Parkes.

    Man, 5 months of circle-jerk rosterbation and building false hope, not looking forward to this….

    Someone’s gotta say it:

    Ladies and gentleman, the 2013 World Series Champions: the TORONTO BLUE JAYS!

  14. Hope you’re alright, Parkes. Congrats on the win! Let me know what that feels like :(

    Thanks to Parkes, Stoeten and Drew for the entertainment all season long. You have your work cut out over the long, cold, awful offseason.

  15. And now we get MONTHS and MONTHS of internet judgment about bandwagon fans. Love what you love, and shut the hell up about everyone else.

    Congrats to the Giants. That was quite a run.

    • +0.5 to Ruhee. I understand your point but bandwagoners should not be sympathized with.

      I love baseball and have played for a decade. I watched the World Series with no affiliation to either team (Jays4Lyfe). It was an amazing display of how to play the game of baseball except the Tigers sucked. I rooted for SF near the end because they just played a better brand of baseball than their DET counterparts. Am I a bandwagoner?

      (Answer: I am not)

  16. I’m most excited for the stream of “What the Jays can learn from the Giants” articles:

    1) Barry Zito beat Justin Verlander. If this isn’t proof why the Jays should wrecklessly spend in free agency, I don’t know what it is.

    2) It is prudent to find journeymen, former wash-outs and have them become rotation strongholds. Except when they don’t work out, 49 times out of 50. Then you’re an idiot, Anthopoulos.

    3) Rios for Lincecum AMIRITE?!

    4) The Jays need to be more scrappy. Like Marco Scutaro. And… probably other people. But not like the Tigers. Omar Infante isn’t scrappy enough. Because only teams that win the World Series have the appropriate amount of scraptitude.

    5) Matt Cain was amazing this year. Ricky Romero was bad this year. It is prudent for the Jays to not have their number one starter be f’ing terrible.

    • 6) The Jays need to sort out their clubhouse to better direct their youthful exuberance in a forthright and focused manner. Suggest creating a fun but professional atmosphere that includes throwing sunflower seeds on their left fielder before games.

  17. +1000 on not sliding into first. Drives me crazy. Oddly, the only time it does make sense is when there’s an errant throw on home side of the bag and 1B is trying to apply tag…but 99% of 1B coaches are standing with their thumbs up their arses when they should be yelling/motioning to slide. That drives me crazier than when dummies slide for no reason.

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