Scutaro named NLCS MVP

MARCO SCUTARO announced his entry to the World Series for the first time with an MVP performance in the NL championship series.

In a series where he absorbed a hard and admitted late slide from Holliday that strained the second baseman’s left hip, Scutaro emerged unscathed and with the MVP trophy for his brilliant hitting display.

Scutaro tied the NLCS record with 14 hits, capping off his remarkable run with three singles and a walk in San Francisco’s 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night (Tuesday in Manila) in the decisive Game 7.

”I was just like praying, ‘Please, you got to catch this ball,”’ Scutaro said. ”It was kind of tough. I was kind of concerned. The flight of the ball, the rain kind of stopped it a little bit. Another minute, I don’t think I would have a chance.”

After the kind of series he had, Scutaro came through in almost every way possible.

He batted .500 with two walks, scored six runs and drove in four. Hideki Matsui (2004 Yankees), Albert Pujols (2004 Cardinals) and Kevin Youkilis (2007 Red Sox) also had 14 hits in an LCS. Scutaro’s 10-game hitting streak tied Cody Ross and Alvin Dark for the longest in Giants postseason history. Noli Cruz

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