The winds, blowing out to right field at a rapid pace as Sergio Romo toiled away at Miguel Cabrera, the presumable American League MVP. Expecting a slider, Romo tossed a fastball right over the plate to catch Cabrera looking, as the Giants’ dugout emptied to begin the celebration with a 4-3 win in Game 4.
Comerica Park was rocking early on with its 40,000+ fans twirling their white rally rags with slim hopes of a miracle comeback. The noise amplified after Max Scherzer completed the top of the first inning with a strikeout to the World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval. But Brandon Belt quickly drowned the fans with an RBI triple off the facing of the right field wall. A silent sigh of “here we go again” whistled around Comerica Park as the stadium paused from its normal cheering.
Those steaming winds would soon pay dividends for Detroit, however. Perhaps a massive gust breezed through the park when Cabrera’s fly ball found a way to drift into the seats for a two-run homer, putting his Tigers in front for the first in the series. Suddenly, the momentum shifted in Detroit’s favor.
Matt Cain was not at his best, but he pitched seven innings, struck out five, and allowed five hits on three walks.
The mini output of runs continued for the Giants in the sixth inning. They did not have that one big inning in which they put they separated themselves because Detroit matched them stroke for stroke. Still trailing 2-1, Buster Posey kept a twirling fly ball fair as it sailed into the left field seats, giving the Giants a one-run lead with the score at 3-2.
But the ping-pong battle would continue with a little added torture. The swirling winds played a role again in the bottom half of the sixth inning when Delmon Young’s fly ball landed in the first few rows of the right field bleachers. Like Cabrera’s homer, it appeared to be a lazy fly ball initially, but the wind would play its role soon enough, evening the game at three.
As both the Tigers and Giants sprouted mini rallies, none were enough to push runs across the plate which caused Game 4 to go into extra innings. Then, the NLCS MVP put his final mark on the Giants’ 2012 season with an RBI single in the tenth inning. His clutch hit sealed the deal for the Giants, as nothing would stand in the way of Romo and the World Series trophy.
Now, the Giants have officially won the title in two of the past three years.