Giants vs. Tigers Game 4: Power Ranking Stars of World Series Clincher

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 29, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28:  Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers to win Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in the tenth inning to win the World Series in 4 straight games.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Congratulations to the Detroit Tigers on pushing the San Francisco Giants to extra innings.

Wait, no. That's not right. 

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on winning the World Series. There we go.

Sorry about that, but the Giants' Tigers-over-Yankees-like beatdown in the World Series made Detroit's 10-inning 4-3 loss feel somewhat like an accomplishment.

But that just goes to show you how dominant the Giants' World Series sweep truly was. Pablo Sandoval won the MVP because of his epic Game 1 performance, but in the next three games, it was mostly other players stepping up.

Game 4 was no different.


3. Matt Cain

Ho-hum. Another World Series game, another quality start for a San Francisco starter.

The normally dominant Cain—although that was less true during this postseason—didn't have his best stuff on Sunday night, but he found a way to get through the Tigers' lineup. In the end, he gave up just three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five through seven innings.

Not too bad for an off night, right? Now consider that all three runs came via home runs, which, on any other less-windy night, would have been routine fly balls to right field.

All in all, Cain did exactly what he needed to do. He kept the game close and got it to the bullpen during less-than-ideal conditions.


2. Sergio Romo

Let's call this one the lifetime achievement award.

And by "lifetime," I mean the last four games. 

It felt as though Romo, who recorded three saves with three perfect innings and five strikeouts during this World Series, had to be mentioned. Of course, that's not to say he doesn't deserve mention for Game 4 alone, either.

In arguably one of the most nerve-racking situations any professional player will ever face, Romo coolly struck out Austin Jackson, Don Kelly and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera. And he did it in style (via FanGraphs' David Cameron):

The ballsiness of Romo to throw Cabrera a cookie there - knowing he'd be sitting slider - was awesome.

— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) October 29, 2012

I'd say that deserves mention on this list. Besides, someone named Romo needed a win on Sunday. 


1. Buster Posey

The momentum, no matter how little, was starting to swing in the direction of Detroit.

The Tigers carried a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning and it was beginning to look like they would escape with their first victory of the series. If that would have happened, Justin Verlander would have taken the mound in Game 5.

And Justin Verlander doesn't lose two games in a row.

But with one man on, Buster Posey got a hold of a Max Scherzer—who had been absolutely dealing—and crushed it into left field. It was easily one of the most important home runs the young catcher will ever hit.

The Tigers eventually came back and tied the game at three before going to extra innings, but Posey's two-run shot completely changed this game.