The Jag Wire
Giants win MLB playoffsSunday, November 14, 2010 By Domenick Carlini, Staff Writer
As the MLB playoffs started, the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Minnesota Twins were the eight best teams in the 2010 baseball season. Some teams were strong throughout the entire 162-game season, and some teams made a run forward at the end of the season. This year’s playoffs were undoubtedly one of the best playoffs yet. The Texas Rangers had their first ever playoff series win and the first World Series appearance in their thirty-nine year as a franchise. Another outstanding performance was when Roy Halliday threw a no-hitter in the first game of the 2010 playoffs as the Phillies defeated the Reds. At the opening divisional series’ finish, four teams remained: the Yankees, Phillies, Rangers, and Giants. The reigning, favored New York Yankees played the Texas Rangers and the defending National League champions, the Philadelphia Phillies, played the San Francisco Giants. The clear favorites to play in the World Series were the Phillies and Yankees. However, the Texas Rangers, behind their president/owner Nolan Ryan/hall of fame pitcher, defeat the New York Yankees in six games. The Rangers were on the way to MLB history; this was their first appearance in the World Series. In the National League, the Giants’ bullpen overpowered the Philadelphia Phillies to move on to the World Series to play the Rangers. The Giants had the best pitching in the MLB and the Rangers had one of the best offenses in the MLB, setting up a classic World Series nail bitter. Game one featured two of the best pitchers in baseball: Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum. As Cliff Lee gave up eight hits and six earned runs, the Giants prevailed. Game two was the same song; Giants won big. Game three was a big game for the Rangers. Their backs were against the wall and they needed a win. They got it. The offense stepped up, scored enough runs, and won the game. In game four, the Giants pitched their young lefty, Madison Bumgarner. He showed up and threw eight big innings, giving up only three hits in Texas. Giants won game four. Game five was an elimination game for the Rangers. If they won, they lived to fight another day. If they lost, their season was over and the Giants were the World Champions. The starting pitchers were Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee, once again. It was the biggest game in Giants history. When Edgar Renteria stepped up to the plate in the seventh inning, the roars of the crowd inclined and he hit a three-run homerun to ice the win and the World Series for the San Francisco Giants. Giants are world champions once again, for the sixth time.