The San Francisco Giants capped a wild post-season ride by beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings last night to complete a four-game sweep and be crowned World Series champions for the second time in three years.
Marco Scutaro was again the hero for the Giants, cracking a sharply hit single into shallow centre for Ryan Theriot to score the winning run.
Having survived six do-or-die elimination games in the National League Division and Championship series, the Giants closed out the season in ruthless fashion, reeling off seven consecutive wins to secure their seventh world championship.
Detroit's failure to win a game marked the 21st time a team had been swept from a World Series.
The only thing colder than the Michigan weather was Detroit's bats with triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera and slugger Prince Fielder going a combined 4-for-27 over the four games. After back-to-back shutouts and 20 scoreless innings, Detroit's batters finally woke from their slumber with Cabrera and Delmon Young both slamming homers, but it was too little too late.
No team has ever erased a 3-0 deficit to win a World Series and the Tigers dug the hole a little deeper when they fell behind 1-0 in the second inning.
However, Tigers fans were back on their feet in the third when Cabrera took a 1-1 offering from Cain and crushed a towering two-run homer into the bleachers to give Detroit their first lead of the series.
Buster Posey answered with a two-run blast in sixth that slipped just inside the left field foul pole but the fireworks continued in the bottom of the inning with Young launching a solo shot over the right field wall to tie the game at 3-3.
Cain allowed the Tigers three runs on five hits in seven innings of work before handing the ball over to the bullpen, Santiago Casilla coming on to get the final out and the win.