The San Francisco Giants are heading to the World Series after eliminating the defending champions. The Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in game seven of the National League Championship Series completing a comeback from two games down for the second straight series. With the win the Giants remain undefeated this post season when facing elimination, improving their record to 6-0.
Matt Cain got the win for the Giants allowing five hits over five and two-thirds innings, but it was the Giants pitching as a unit that won game seven. The Giants pitchers allowed no runs while surrendering only seven hits.
Offensively the Giants were led by trade deadline acquisition Hunter Pence who went two for five with two hits and two runs batted in. The Giants used a huge five run third inning capped by Pences’ two run double.
Marco Scutaro was named NLCS most valuable player finishing the series batting .500 with four RBI’s and three doubles. Scutaro was involved in a scary incident at second base during game two after a questionable slide by Cardinals outfielder Matt Holiday.
For the Cardinals it will be a very long offseason after blowing the three games to one lead. The Cardinals came off a surprise upset of the top ranked Nationals in the first round after coming back from 6-0 down in game five and from 7-5 down in the ninth inning of that game before a four run ninth completed the comeback, but when it mattered most in this series they had no answer. After jumping out to a 3-1 advantage the Cardinals bats went cold scoring just one run. In the four games the Cardinals lost in this series they scored just two runs total. The Cardinals pitching didn’t help them out either allowing 20 runs in the final three games.
For the Giants it’s off to the world series against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers have been waiting since last Thursday for the winner of the NLCS after disposing of the Yankees in four straight. The Giants will host the Tigers in game one and will carry home field advantage with them throughout the world series after the National League beat the American League 8-0 in the All Star game in July.
Game one goes Wednesday night at 8. The Tigers will turn to ace Justin Verlander who has been lights out this post season while the Giants turn to Barry Zito.