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Giants bullpen completes World Series sweep

Published On: Oct 29 2012 01:22:06 AM CDT
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Courtesy of Major League Baseball

DETRIOT -

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.

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.

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.