The Giants hit just 103 HR all year. By contrast, the Yanks hit 245. Only one Giant had 20 HR. By contrast, the Yanks had five. But the Yanks got swept in the ALCS and the Giants are up 2-0 in the WS.
It comes down to clutch hitting, and so far we’ve seen some by the Giants PITCHERS this postseason.
Don’t you get tired of someone cutting for the fences with two strikes on him instead of choking up, shortening his swing, and just trying to make contact? Joe DiMaggio struck out 369 times in his whole CAREER (to go with 361 HR). Curtis Granderson struck out 195 times THIS SEASON (then added 16 more in the postseason when he went 3 for 30).
The Tigers must have watched the Yankees too much while sweeping them in the ALCS for tonight they looked like them. 0 runs on 2 hits while losing 2-0. In the second, Prince Fielder was HBP and Delmon Young doubled. Fielder was sent and was thrown out at home. I could only imagine what might have happened had the huge Fielder barreled into Posey. Part of Posey would have been in the lower deck. The other part in the upper deck.
Hunter Pence scored one run and drove in the other. One run scored on a DP ball, the other on a SF.
Not exactly pretty, but the runs scored. Which was better than what the Yanks did most of the year with RISP.
So SF holds serve, winning both of the first two games in SF. Now it’s time to see if the Tigers hold serve in their ballpark.
In Yankees’ news, CC had surgery on a bone spur in his pitching elbow. He’s expected to be fine for spring training 2013.