No, the Giants should not be here. After all, after falling behind 2-0 to the Reds and playing three games on the road, they shouldn’t have been in the NLCS. And after stumbling to a 3-1 deficit agianst the Cardinals, having used an ineffective Tim Lincecum and hoping for Barry Zito (used to be good), Ryan Vogelsong (can’t be this good), and Matt Cain (okay, he’s really good), very few thought they should be advancing on. But because the baseball gods are wacky and because the Giants are a deceptively good team, like those weird dishes that your parents made you where the vegetables are ground up and hidden, they’ll be advancing to the World Series. Sorry, Cardinals, but you don’t get two postseasons of miracles.
The Giants quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the floodgates opened in the third inning, effectively ending the game. Marco Scutaro, your 2012 NLCS MVP (yes, that was just typed), singled, Pablo Sandoval doubled, Buster Posey walked, Hunter Pence doubled on a magic baseball, Brandon Belt singled, Gregor Blanco walked, and Brandon Crawford reached on a fielder’s choice. Boom, there’s your first out in the inning. The Giants would tack on one more run, bringing the score to 7-0, and that was it.
Sure, the Giants added two more runs later in the game and Yadier Molina, in a vain attempt to keep his team in the game, collected four hits, but it was over. It was a swift and cruel exit for the Cardinals, not only ending Kyle Lohse’s best season on a down note (2 IP, 5 R), but the magic story of a team casting off (or lowballing, if you prefer) baseball’s best player only to once again go to the World Series is now lost.
Matt Cain pitched only 5.2 innings, burning up 102 pitches in the process, but the bullpen was plenty good, giving up only two hits and three walks the rest of the way in the blowout.
With the rain falling and Sergio Romo on the mound at the very end, it certainly made for some great pictures. Like this one of a baseball rocketship:
(original: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)
So while 2012 has robbed us of the Tim Lincecum - Justin Verlander matchup that many of dreamt about just a few short years ago, we do have one of the best looking World Series in memory, so sartorialists look alive. And get your sleep tomorrow, America, because starting on Wednesday we’ll be staying up late to watch the 108th World Series at 8:07 ET.