I'm really still in awe of Sergio Romo's virtuoso performance in the 2012 World Series. Romo faced nine Tigers, struck out five of them, allowed four balls in the air, and earned three saves. Most recently, in 2007, Jonathan Papelbon had three saves in the Red Sox four-game sweep of the Rockies. Mariano Rivera had three saves in the 1998 Yankee sweep of the Padres. And in 1996, John Wetteland had four saves in the Yankee Series victory over the Braves, but that was a six-gamer.
Romo needed a tidy 43 pitches to retire the nine Tigers.
Quentin Berry led off
Austin Jackson was up next
Omar Infante ended the game
Jhonny Peralta led off the 9th for the Tigers
Alex Avila was up next
Omar Infante was the final batter
Austin Jackson didn't have a prayer
Either did Don Kelly
Miguel Cabrera was stunned
After five sliders, there was absolutely no reason that Miguel Cabrera could ever expected the four-seamer and he watched that pitch, absolutely stunned as he knew a strike had been thrown.
Romo had thrown 27 sliders, nine fastballs and seven sinkers in this Series. He got three strikeouts on the slider but the slider was the set-up pitch that crippled Cabrera on that fastball.
The last time a World Series ended with a whiff was in 2010 when Texas' Nelson Cruz went swinging at pitch from Brian Wilson of the Giants. Cruz is one of at least 15 batters who went swinging at strike three to end a World Series (Honus Wagner may have. We do know that he whiffed to end the inaugural 1903 World Series we just don't know if he swung or watched).
Cabrera does join Goose Goslin as the only other player we know for sure who watched a pitch go by to end a Series. Goslin was a 1925 Washington Senator who took a pitch from the Pirates' Red Oldham.
|1||1903-10-13||8||Honus Wagner||PIT||@BOS||Bill Dinneen||down 3-0||t9||---|
|2||1925-10-15||7||Goose Goslin||WSH||@PIT||Red Oldham||down 9-7||t9||---|
|3||1933-10-07||5||Joe Kuhel||WSH||NYG||Dolf Luque||down 4-3||b10||12-|
|4||1944-10-09||6||Mike Chartak||SLB||@STL||Ted Wilks||down 3-1||t9||---|
|5||1949-10-09||5||Gil Hodges||BRO||NYY||Joe Page||down 10-6||b9||12-|
|6||1950-10-07||4||Stan Lopata||PHI||@NYY||Allie Reynolds||down 5-2||t9||12-|
|7||1956-10-10||7||Jackie Robinson||BRO||NYY||Johnny Kucks||down 9-0||b9||1--|
|8||1965-10-14||7||Bob Allison||MIN||LAD||Sandy Koufax||down 2-0||b9||1--|
|9||1967-10-12||7||George Scott||BOS||STL||Bob Gibson||down 7-2||b9||---|
|10||1980-10-21||6||Willie Wilson||KCR||@PHI||Tug McGraw||down 4-1||t9||123|
|11||1982-10-20||7||Gorman Thomas||MIL||@STL||Bruce Sutter||down 6-3||t9||---|
|12||1986-10-27||7||Marty Barrett||BOS||@NYM||Jesse Orosco||down 8-5||t9||---|
|13||1988-10-20||5||Tony Phillips||OAK||LAD||Orel Hershiser||down 5-2||b9||--3|
|14||2006-10-27||5||Brandon Inge||DET||@STL||Adam Wainwright||down 4-2||t9||1-3|
|15||2007-10-28||4||Seth Smith||COL||BOS||Jonathan Papelbon||down 4-3||b9||---|
|16||2008-10-27||5||Eric Hinske||TBR||@PHI||Brad Lidge||down 4-3||t9||-2-|
|17||2010-11-01||5||Nelson Cruz||TEX||SFG||Brian Wilson||down 3-1||b9||---|