Playoff Series: Game 5 of 5

San Francisco won 4-1

Game 1: Wednesday, October 27
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Game 2: Thursday, October 28
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Game 3: Saturday, October 30
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Game 4: Sunday, October 31
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Game 5: Monday, November 1
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    7:57 PM ET, November 1, 2010

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    W: T. Lincecum (2-0)

    L: C. Lee (0-2)

    S: B. Wilson (1)

    Tim Lincecum, Edgar Renteria deliver Giants' first title since 1954

    Associated Press

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Say Hey.

    Say World Series champions.

    The prize that eluded Willie and Barry for so long finally belongs to the San Francisco Giants, thanks to a band of self-described castoffs and misfits and their shaggy-haired ace.

    Tim Lincecum, Edgar Renteria and the Giants won the title Monday night, beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in a tense Game 5 and taking the trophy home to the city by the Bay for the first time.

    "San Francisco is going nuts, we're going nuts and it feels really good," closer Brian Wilson said.

    It was an overdue victory. Willie Mays led the Giants to their previous crown in 1954, four years before they moved West. After that, they never quite got it done despite the likes of baseball giants Barry Bonds, Juan Marichal and Willie McCovey.

    "This buried a lot of bones -- '62, '89, 2002," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said, ticking off losing Series appearances. "This group deserved it, faithful from the beginning. We're proud and humbled by the achievement."

    Lincecum outdueled Cliff Lee in a matchup that was scoreless until Renteria earned the Series MVP award by hitting a stunning three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning. Nelson Cruz homered in the bottom half, but Lincecum returned to his wicked self and preserved the lead.

    Lincecum won this game of Texas Hold 'em, beating Lee for the second time in a week. He gave up three hits over eight innings and struck out 10.

    The two-time NL Cy Young winner arrived at Rangers Ballpark wearing a bow tie, as if he was going to a party. He had one on the mound, for sure.

    "Pretty collected. I was very poised out there. From the first inning on my adrenaline kind of just dissipated and I was able to calm down," he said.

    Wilson pitched a perfect ninth for a save, completing a surprising romp through the postseason for a pitching-rich team that waited until the final day to clinch a playoff spot.

    Wilson struck out Cruz swinging to end it, turned toward center field and crossed his wrists in front of his chest as he does after all his saves.

    "All the experts out there picked us last," Huff said. Normally rough and tough, he teared up.

    Manager Bruce Bochy enjoys calling his Giants a ragtag bunch. Maybe Renteria, Cody Ross, Huff and Freddy Sanchez fit that description. Cut loose by other clubs this season and before, they all wound up in San Francisco.

    But the foundation of this team -- for now, for the foreseeable future -- is totally home grown, built on a deep, talented and young rotation, a rookie catcher with huge star potential and their funky closer.

    "For us to win for our fans, it's never been done there, and with all those great teams," Bochy said.

    Bonds spent 15 years wearing the black and orange.

    "There is no city that deserves this championship more," Bonds said in a statement. "I grew up watching my dad and godfather as Giants, lived out my dream playing in the same uniform in front of the best fans in the world and I just witnessed the Giants winning the World Series. I am ecstatic for the team, the city and all the fans -- you truly deserve it."

    Renteria reprised his role of postseason star. His 11th-inning single ended Game 7 of the 1997 World Series and lifted Florida over Cleveland. Forget that he made the last out in the 2004 Series that finished Boston's sweep of St. Louis -- this journeyman's path led to another title, helped by his go-ahead home run in Game 2.

    "It was a tough year for me," the oft-injured shortstop said. "I told myself to keep working hard and keep in shape because something is going to be good this year."

    A team seemingly free of egos did everything right to take the lead. Ross, the surprising MVP of the NL Championship Series, stayed square and hit a leadoff single and Juan Uribe followed with another hit up the middle.

    That put a runner at second base for the first time in the game and brought up Huff, who led the Giants in home runs this year. So what did he do? He expertly put down the first sacrifice bunt of his career.

    Lee struck out Pat Burrell to keep the runners put, but Ross began hopping home as soon as Renteria connected, sending a drive that kept sailing and landed over the left-center field wall.

    "It was a classic pitchers' duel down to that home run. Nobody in this room is more disappointed than I am," Lee said.

    And just like that, all the Giants' past troubles seemed like ancient history.

    Bonds, Mays and several other former San Francisco stars are still a part of the Giants family.

    Bonds got a hallowed home-run record, but questions persist about alleged steroids use. He visited the Giants clubhouse during the Series and got a big hand from fans when he took his seat at AT&T Park.

    His godfather, the 79-year-old Mays, was supposed to throw out the ceremonial first ball but the Say Hey Kid was absent because of illness.

    The Giants won their previous title when they played in New York at the Polo Grounds. That's where Mays raced back for perhaps the most famous catch of all time.

    They moved West in 1958 and had tried ever since to escape a sort of big league Alcatraz -- the place where teams get stuck for decades as also-rans. The Red Sox and White Sox got free, not so the Cubs and Indians.

    So clang the cable car bells. Loudly, too. Baseball's best play by the Bay.

    Exactly when these Giants turned into world beaters is hard to say. Trailing San Diego by 7½ games in the NL West on July 4, they meandered in the wild-card race until the stretch run, winning the division and finishing 92-70.

    Come the playoffs, they became dangerous. Any well-armed team is. Start with Matt Cain -- three postseason starts, a 0.00 ERA. Throw in Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young winner. Add Madison Bumgarner, the 21-year-old rookie who helped blank Texas in Game 4.

    "This doesn't make sense. You don't realize it. It's something that's surreal. But that's what we are, World Series champs," Cain said.

    San Francisco posted a trio of one-run wins in the opening round that sent Atlanta manager Bobby Cox into retirement, then stopped the two-time defending NL champion Phillies in the championship series. Those wins, like this one, came on the road.

    In the Year of the Pitcher, the World Series proved the oldest adage in the game: Good pitching stops good hitting, every time. Lincecum and the team with the best ERA in the big leagues completely shut down Josh Hamilton and the club with the majors' top batting average.

    Texas hit just .190 in the five games and was outscored 29-12.

    "They beat us soundly," manager Ron Washington said. "They deserve it."

    Texas became the latest Series newcomer to make a quick exit. Houston (2005) and Colorado (2007) got swept in their first appearances, Tampa Bay (2008) stuck around for just five games. The AL champion Rangers became the first team since 1966 to get shut out twice in a World Series, with big hitters Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero and Cruz left taking half-swings or flailing wildly.

    Hamilton, the probable AL MVP, went 2 for 20 with one RBI.

    "We just got cold at the wrong time with the bats," he said.

    The Rangers' franchise wrapped up its 50th season overall, in good hands with Nolan Ryan as president and part-owner. If only Big Tex could teach his team to hit, too.

    By the final out, Ryan sat there glumly as did the team's No. 1 fan, former President George W. Bush.

    The Giants won their sixth title overall, joining the likes of Christy Mathewson, Mel Ott and John McGraw as champs. They also helped ease the gloating that blew from across the Bay, where the Oakland Athletics won three straight crowns in the mid-1970s and swept the Giants in the earthquake-interrupted 1989 Series.

    The Giants are tied with their longtime rivals, the Dodgers, for fifth-most Series titles. The Yankees lead with 27, followed by the Cardinals (10), Athletics (9) and Red Sox (7).

    San Francisco had come close before. Future Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, Mays, McCovey and Marichal lost to the Yankees 1-0 in Game 7 in 1962. In 2002, Bonds & Co. led the Angels 5-0 in the seventh inning of Game 6 before letting that lead and Game 7 slip away.

    Many years ago, one swing of the bat prompted a call that resonates throughout Giants history and beyond.

    "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" announcer Russ Hodges shouted over and over after Bobby Thomson launched "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" in 1951.

    Time to redo that cry: The Giants win the Series! The Giants win the Series! The Giants win the Series!

    Game notes

    Renteria went 7 for 17 (.412) with a Series-leading six RBIs. ... At 2 hours, 32 minutes, it was the fastest Series game since Game 4 in 1992 between Toronto and Atlanta, according to STATS LLC. ... Burrell was 0 for 13 with 11 strikeouts in the Series.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumGlobe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
    Attendance52,045 (108.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:32
    Weather68 degrees, clear
    Wind4 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Sam Holbrook

    Research Notes

    How the Giants beat Cliff Lee again in Game 5: - Lee had better command than during his Game 1 start, throwing 65 percent of his pitches in the strike zone compared to 53 percent in Game 1. However, for all the quality strikes Lee's flashed this season, the pitch that cost him Game 5 was just the opposite of that - a cutter that was supposed to be on the outside corner that came back right over the heart of the plate. Edgar Renteria made him pay for it, sending the pitch over the left-center field fence. It was only the third homer all year by a right-handed hitter off Lee's cutter - the first of which that was left over the middle of the plate. - In the seventh, the inning in which the Giants broke through for three hits and three runs, they had success by being aggressive. Lee threw 20 pitches that inning and the Giants swung at 14 of them (70 pct), the second highest percentage of any inning in Game 5. Cody Ross and Juan Uribe, who had the two hits to set up the homer, were particularly hungry, swinging at eight of the nine pitches they saw.
    Lincecum is the 4th NL pitcher with at least 10 K, allowing 3 hits or fewer and 1 ER or fewer in a World Series game.
    How Tim Lincecum dominated the Rangers, giving the Giants their first World Series title since 1954: - Since changing the grip on his slider in early September, the pitch has been Lincecum's new best friend. He's been relying on it more frequently with increased success and Game 5 was no different. He threw 26 sliders, second-most this season to only his Game 1 start, when he threw 35. Eighteen of the 26 sliders (12 for strikes) came early in the count, as Lincecum paired it with his fastball to get ahead. Overall, the Rangers swung at the pitch 14 times, missing on an incredible nine of those swings (64 pct, season avg 31 pct). Tim Lincecum's Slider Since Changing Grip Before After Pitch pct 9.6 18.8 Opp BA .208 .148 Miss pct 28.2 34.7 K pct 27.6 35.1 >>Changed grip before September 12 start - For his out pitch, Lincecum went to his bread and butter: the changeup. Hitters were 0-for-10 against his change with two strikes, including eight of his 10 strikeouts, which tied a season high. He had outstanding command of the pitch as he got Rangers hitters to expand their strike zone all night. Seven of his eight strikeouts on the change came on pitches out of the zone, with six of those seven coming down in the zone. - Lincecum's devastating off-speed stuff was so effective, thanks to, at least in part, an improved fastball he showed in Game 5. His fastball averaged 92 MPH, only the third time since July 15 he's averaged 92 or higher. Of the 46 fastballs he threw, 29 were in the strike zone (63 pct), his best since September 18. Since his dominant start in Game 1 of the NLDS, opponents were hitting .440 against Lincecum's fastball. On Monday, showing improved velocity and command, hitters were just 1-for-8.
    The Giants won 6 games this postseason scoring 3 runs or fewer. That ties the 1972 Athletics for the most wins scoring 3 runs or fewer in a single postseason.

    LeeCliff Lee finished the postseason with 47 strikeouts, tied for the second-most in a single postseason, trailing Curt Schilling's 56 K's in 2001.

    Tim Lincecum wins his 4th game of the postseason. He passes Christy Mathewson (1905) for the most wins by a Giants starter in a single postseason. Of course, Mathewson got all 3 of his wins in the World Series. Lincecum won 2 games in the World Series. The only other Giants starters to win 2 games in a World SEries are Mathewson (1905), Rube Marquard (1912), Carl Hubbell (1933) and Phil Douglas (1921)
    6th HR this postseason for Nelson Cruz, breaking the Rangers record for most HR in a postseason (Juan Gonzalez and Josh Hamilton have 5). He also ties Juan Gonzalez for the most career postseason HR in Rangers history.
    Edgar Renteria is the 6th SS with a go-ahead HR in the 7th inning or later of a World Series game.
    Matt Cain went 21 1/3 IP without allowing an earned run this postseason, the 3rd-most IP in a single postseason without allowing an earned run:
    Mitch Moreland's single in the 6th inning was his 13th as the No. 9 batter in the postseason. That ties the postseason record for most hits by a No. 9 hitter. Bucky Dent (1978), Alfonso Soriano (2001) and Adam Kennedy (2002) also had 13 hits.
    Edgar Renteria becomes the 5th shortstop to win the World Series MVP:

    RenteriaEdgar Renteria became the fourth player in MLB history to win the MVP of one World Series and make the last out of another.

    The Rangers offense just never found its groove in the World Series:
    Tim Lincecum ties the all-time record for most strikeouts in a World Series-clinching game with 10. He's the first to do it since Bob Gibson in 1967:
    Andres Torres had a double in the 2nd inning. Its his 4th straight game with an extra-base hit, tying the Giants postseason record. Edgardo Alfonzo (2003), Rich Aurilia (2002), Jeffrey Leonard (1987) and Irish Meusel (1921) also have 4-game streaks.
    Pat Burrell: 2nd Giant with 4 K in a World Series game, joining Josh Devore (1911, also in 4 AB)

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