By John Felix Richardson
Arlington, Texas – After 56 years without a title, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers 3-1 in game 5 to capture the World Series title, Monday night.
The last title of the Giants was back in 1954 and the current championship title was the first since the franchise moved to San Francisco from New York. It was a long time coming for the Giants, though they had good players the past years, who lost their last 3 series in 1962, 1989 and 2002.
San Francisco Giants' Pitcher Tim Lincecum
The hero this time, was Giants’ starting pitcher Tim Lincecum. Lincecum, who is a 2-time winner of the CY Young pitching award, struck out 10 batters to stop the Ranger’s offense. He beat counterpart, Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers, in a game that was considered as a battle between pitchers.
All 3 runs who won the series for the Giants was courtesy of Edgar Renteria, who had a 3-run homer in the 7th inning with 2 outs. The only run for the Rangers was courtesy of Nelson Cruz in the first half.
The 2 opposing pitchers battled head-to-head in the first 6 innings as neither team got past the first base. Lee looked sharp in the first few innings, striking batters after batters, that until Renteria’s hit on the 7th.
It was defense instead of offense who own it for the Giants as they limited the Rangers to only .167 batting average. Credit goes to Lincecum, who was the first pitcher to win the CY Young award in his first 2 seasons.
Renteria, who is considering retirement after this season, was named the series MVP. In the entire series, he hit 6 runs, 6 RBI’s with 2 homers.
“It was a tough year for me” said Renteria, who only played a total of 72 games this season, the lowest of his career. “But I kept myself in shape because I know something good is going to happen” he added.