National League: San Francisco Giants (92-70) - Third World Series
American League: Texas Rangers (90-72) - First World Series
Quick, say something that happened in the 2010 World Series. QUICK! It was only two years ago, after all. It should be easy.
I watched almost every pitch of that World Series, and the only two things I remember were Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee running off the mound in the seventh inning of Game 7 and Giants closer Brian Wilson screaming and crossing his arms after the last out of the series. That's it. It was just two years ago, and that's all I can remember. So what happened?
What happened is the Rangers didn't show up. Their vaunted offense hit only .190 for the series, and their pitchers had a collective ERA of almost 6.00. Lee, their ace, was brought in specifically for this series, to help give the Rangers a championship. He was pounded like a piñata in Game 1, getting knocked out in the fifth. After an 11-7 win in Game 1 - a game that wasn't even that close - the Giants scored seven runs in the 8th inning of a 9-0 Game 2 win.
The Rangers came home to Texas battered and beaten, but they looked like they had shifted the momentum with a 4-2 win in Game 3. But Madison Baumgarner, the Giants fourth starter, threw a three-hit shutout in Game 4, and Tim Lincecum beat Lee in a battle of the aces in Game 5. The Giants were World Champions for the first time since relocating to San Francisco.
Game 5. The final game of the series turned became the pitching duel that everybody hoped Game 1 would be, with aces Lee and Lincecum trading zeroes for most of the game. Entering the seventh, there had only been five hits in the game, but Edgar Rentaria's two-out three-run home run made it 3-0 Giants. Nelson Cruz hit a solo shot in reply for the Rangers in the seventh, but it wasn't enough, and the 3-1 win gave the Giants their championship.
Renteria. His Game 5 home run that clinched the series was his second of the series. It was also the second time in his career he had the game-winning RBI in the clinching game of the World Series. He also batted .417 for the Giants. For his heroic efforts, the Giants rewarded him by not re-signing him that offseason. Thanks, I guess.
(Home team in Bold)
I'm ranking all the World Series, from worst to best. Here's the ones I've done so far:
98. 2010 - San Francisco (N) def. Texas (A) 4-1
99. 1937 - New York (A) def. New York (N) 4-1