The San Francisco Giants are champions of the world after knocking out the Texas Rangers 3-1 to win the World Series 4-1.
For the second time in the series, San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum outdueled the Texas ace Cliff Lee.
The Giants took the lead on a 3-Run HR by Edgar Renteria off Lee in the 7th. Nelson Cruz answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the 7th off Lincecum.
Lincecum was dominant in Game 5, with 3 Hits and 10 K’s in 8 IP.
In the playoffs, Lincy defeated Derek Lowe, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee.
The Texas offense, all series was dismal. Josh Hamilton went 2 for 20. Vladimir Guerrero had a slash line of .071/.125/.071. The Rangers as a team batted .189 with a .232 OBP.
1B Mike Moreland was the only one with a semblance of offense going .452/.533/.769.
Giants SS Edgar Renteria captured the MVP award, after going .429/.467/.643 with 2 HR and 6 RBI.
Renteria joins Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig as the only players to have the World Series winning hit in two different World Series.
The Giants offense, considered to be the weak link on the team, exploded for 20 Runs in the first two games.
Aubrey Huff went .357/.438/.714 with 4 RBI.
The Giants got a gem from rookie Madison Bumgarner in Game 4, firing 8 shutout innings. In Game 2, Matt Cain threw 7.2 scoreless.
In Cliff Lee’s two World Series starts, he took his first (and second) postseason losses with a 6.94 ERA.
The Giants won their first title since 1954, and first since moving out west.
When the Giants last won the World Series in 1954: Gas was $.21, top song was “Hey There” by Rosemary Clooney, and President was Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower