Tampa Bay Rays - 2012 World Series ChampionsThe Rays won an exciting 2012 World Series in a 7 game slugfest, 50-39 over the Milwaukee Brewers; most of those runs coming in the final 3 games, each finishing by the same 11-6 score.
The Rays began the series with a 13-2 win, led by World Series MVP Melvin Upton Jr, who finished the series with .345 Avg, 1.552 OPS, 9 Runs, 3 Doubles, 4 HR, 9 RBI.
The Brewers won games 2 and 3 behind the stellar pitching of Carlos Villanueva and Yovani Gallardo, holding the Rays to 5 hits in each game. Villanueva won game 2 striking out 8 and Gallardo pitched a gem in game 3, striking out 13 batters. The Brewers offense was led by Prince Fielder who finished with .346 Avg, 1.731 OPS, 3 Doubles, 4 HR and 10 RBI.
The Rays evened the series 2-2 behind the pitching of James Shields, with a masterful 1 hit shut out, striking out 8. The Rays offense then exploded with 11 runs in game 5. Cy Young winner David Price won game 7 behind the bats of the middle of the Rays' lineup, Upton, Young, Pena, and Longoria drove in 9 runs on 11 hits, 5 for extra bases.