In a post season full of surprises, the San Francisco Giants are headed back to the World Series after a remarkable comeback against the defending champs, and pitcher Barry Zito won’t be looking back when he takes the mound for the Giants on Wednesday, in the opening game of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.
Christian Petersen: Getty Images The Giants' Brandon Belt watches his solo home run in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS on Monday night in San Francisco.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy named his star player Zito, his game one starter on Tuesday, a day after San Francisco completed an unlikely rally from a 1-3 deficit to beat the reigning champion St. Louis Cardinals in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
“I’m still numb,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said. “These guys deserve all the credit. They were determined not to go home.”
The Cardinals came to San Francisco after winning four elimination games last season on their way to a World Series championship, and they entered Monday’s game with two elimination-game victories. Unfortunately the team could only muster one run over their final three games before losing.
“We got to this point by being the team that was hot and taking advantage of opportunities,” said Mike Matheny, the Cardinals’ manager. “But we just couldn’t make it happen.”
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