Giants BP helps close out Tigers in World Series

Associated Press Modified: October 29, 2012 at 1:02 am •  Published: October 29, 2012
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DETROIT (AP) — Jeremy Affeldt was first. Then Santiago Casilla came on and got the ball to Sergio Romo, who closed it out for San Francisco.

When Matt Cain was unable to finish off the Detroit Tigers, his buddies in the bullpen took over.

Affeldt, Casilla and Romo combined for three scoreless innings in relief of Cain, striking out seven in all to help the Giants to a 4-3 victory in Game 4 that clinched the World Series title for the Giants on Sunday night.

Romo struck out the side in the 10th inning, including Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera for the final out, for his fourth save of the postseason.

"He's a guy you want out there," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's not afraid and commands the ball so well. Really, I know this is a play on words, he saved us all year."

The 5-foot-11 right-hander became the first pitcher to save at least three games in the World Series since John Wetteland did it for the New York Yankees in 1996.

"Romo has that unhittable slider and he never let the moment get to him," fellow Giants pitcher Javier Lopez said. "He just went in there and attacked the zone like he's done all year long and you saw the results.

"He's a little man that pitches like a big man."

Casilla hit Omar Infante, breaking his left hand, in the ninth, but bounced back by getting Gerald Laird to hit into a fielder's choice and got the win.

Affeldt gave up a leadoff walk in the eighth inning, then struck out the middle of Detroit's lineup — Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young — while pitching 1 2-3 innings.

While the bullpen gets credit for its performance, Affeldt dished some back to Cain.

"What an amazing job keeping us in the game seven innings so we didn't need to use our 'pen until late in the game," Affeldt said.

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RETURN TRIP: Manager Bruce Bochy guided San Francisco to the 2010 championship and to another title on Sunday night.

But long before that, he was a backup catcher for the San Diego Padres in the 1984 World Series.

"That was so long ago, but it is amazing how things come back around," Bochy said.

In his only at-bat, he got a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning of Game 5 at Tiger Stadium, the day Detroit closed out the championship.

"I have great memories of being in the World Series, not real good ones on how it came out," he said.

"But what a thrill for any player, and of course myself, when you get to the World Series for the first time. We had split in San Diego, then came here and they beat us here," he said. "But great time for me, I got one at-bat, and I was thrilled that Dick Williams put me in there."