Edgar Renteria's three-run homer off Cliff Lee staked the San Francisco Giants to a championship, just as it was drawn up.
Beerleaguer: So this is what it felt like outside of Philadelphia when the Phillies beat the Rays. Tip your cap to the Giants for defying the odds and getting it done, just as the underdog Phillies did it in 2008. It's just another reminder that baseball is never as it seems and rarely goes the way it's supposed to go, with Lee losing twice this series and seemingly washed-up lifers like Renteria and Juan Uribe providing many of the postseason heroics. It's enough to push one toward other pursuits besides blogging about what our Phillies are doing to win us a championship. Maybe basketweaving or model trains would make more sense. I guess the one constant is that good pitching, more often than not, will beat good hitting, and that was generally the case here. Good pitching erased MVP probable Joey Votto and the Reds in the Division Series. It did the same to Josh Hamilton and the favored Rangers in the World Series. From the Phillies' perspective, it's affirmation that a good pitching staff, like the one the Phils will have next season, is as close to as you're going to get to a sure thing in the game of baseball. Everything else is a roll of the dice. Maybe next year's big hit will come off the bat of Wilson Valdez. I like the sound of that.