The Giants won the series in just five games and they beat Cliff Lee twice in the process. The Rangers were the overall favorite to win the World Series in baseball gambling at SBG but the underdog Giants won every game but one.
Edgar Renteria Wins MVP
The Giants got a three-run home run from Edgar Renteria as they won Game 5 by a score of 3-1. Tim Lincecum outpitched Cliff Lee and the Giants beat the Rangers in Game 5 to win the World Series four games to one. Game #5 was scoreless in the seventh inning until Renteria shocked everyone in Texas by hitting a three-run home run off Lee. The Rangers got a solo home run from Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the inning but that was it. Lincecum shut them down in the 9th and Brian Wilson slammed the door in the ninth. It was the second time in the World Series that Lincecum beat Lee.
First Title Since 1954
The Giants won the World Series for the first time since 1954. It is the first title ever for the Giants as the San Francisco franchise. When they won it in 1954 they were still in New York. The Giants had lost the World Series in 1962, 1989 and in 2002 so this was a much needed win for the franchise in San Francisco.
Lee Loses Twice
Heading into the World Series there was no doubt that Cliff Lee was the pitcher that would win for the Rangers. He had never lost in the postseason in his career but that changed in the World Series. He was shelled in Game 1 and he ended up losing Game 5 even though he pitched pretty well. His only mistake was the pitch to Renteria. Lee finished with 47 strikeouts in this year’s postseason which is tied for the second most in playoff history behind Curt Schilling’s 56 in 2001.
Good Pitching Beats Good Hitting
Remember that old saying about good pitching beating good hitting in baseball gambling? It happened in the World Series. The Giants led the league in ERA this season while the Rangers led the league in batting average. Pitching beat hitting and the Giants won the World Series in five games in a MLB gambling surprise.