The San Francisco Giants are the 2012 National League Champions! A relentless 9-0 beat down of the 2011 holders, the St. Louis Cardinals, sends them to the World Series for the second time in three seasons. It ended in bizarre fashion, with rain pouring out of the sky and drenching both the fans and the players, but the final ball off Matt Holliday's bat landed safely in Marco Scutaro's glove for the third out and a Game Seven victory. The Cardinals lineup was overwhelmed in the last three games by the Giants pitching staff. The starters finally put together a good streak and the bullpen remained stalwart and the team staved off elimination three times and won the finale in emphatic fashion. Matt Cain had to work for his 17 outs, his 5-2/3 scoreless took 102 pitches (and 24 batters), but he kept the lid on things with the help of his fielders and the baseball gods. The Cardinals may have gotten thumped, but they didn't roll over. They kept the pressure on Matty every inning, and Ol' Boch finally saw enough in the 6th and summoned Jeremy Affeldt to get the last out. But the damage had been done, the Cardinals could not conjure up a miracle comeback, and the Giants prevailed to hoist the pennant.
The Giants host the World Series on Wednesday. Enjoy it, my friends!