Theriot scores winning run in second straight title

Theriot scores winning run in second straight title

Theriot scores winning run in second straight title
DETROIT -- When Ryan Theriot found himself on second base with two outs on Sunday, representing the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning in Game 4 of the World Series, Hunter Pence figured destiny was kind of on the Giants' side.

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"It was just a moment that you really couldn't have written up much better," the Giants' right fielder said. "When Theriot was on second, we were yelling in the dugout, 'Theriot scored the game-winning run in the College World Series!' And you had [Marco] Scutaro up. We just had a good feeling about the moment."

Those feelings were solidified when Scutaro's flare fell into shallow center field, bringing Theriot around to give the Giants a 4-3 lead and eventually seal a stunning World Series sweep of the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Last year, Theriot was an important member of that Cardinals team that miraculously won it all, starting six of their 18 playoff games -- including Game 7 of the World Series. And 12 years ago, while playing for Louisiana State University in the 2000 College World Series, Theriot scored the game-winning run to give the Tigers a national championship.

"It was a single by Brad Cresse to left field," Theriot recalled. "I'll never forget it."

Now, Theriot has won back-to-back championships with two different organizations and has scored two championship-sealing runs.

Not many players can say that.

"Crazy, huh?" said Theriot, the backup infielder who served as the designated hitter on Sunday, leading off the 10th with a single and advancing to second on Brandon Crawford's sacrifice bunt before coming home with the winning run.

"It's a blessing, man. Being on a championship team is really rare. To be on two is unreal."