Valley natives shine in 2010 MLB season

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The high point of the season came in July, with Selma resident Matt Garza pitching the fifth no-hitter of the season in a 5-0 win over Detroit.

"That ninth inning I looked up and I was like 'Oh crap!,'" said Garza. "I kept telling myself 'Just finish it. Finish it. Battle. If it's meant to happen it's going to happen. Just enjoy it now."

In Cleveland, former Buchanan high standout Jason Donald made his major league debut in May, and was a key part perhaps the most infamous play of the season.

"You know if you're out and I had that feeling inside like I think I was out," Donald would say.

And in the National League, former Yosemite high and FCC standout Ted Lilly returned to California in a midseason trade to the Dodgers. Lilly went 7-4 for the Blue Crew after the trade.

Former Bulldog Casey McGehee became the Brewers' regular third baseman, and broke out offensively, hitting 23 home runs with 104 RBI's.

Visalia's Brad Mills guided the Astros to a winning record the last four months of the season, despite losing franchise icons Roy Oswald and Lance Berkman.

But it didn't get any better than a pair of former Grizzlies, who starred at Chukchansi Park in April, making huge contributions for the Giants in the postseason. Buster Posey had a huge home run in game four. That's the same game Madison Bumgarner threw eight shutout innings to get the win.

"Just try to act like it's not a big deal," said Bumgarner after the win. "Obviously it is because it's the world series. But I just tried to go out there and relax. And it's worked out."

And with that we put the 2010 season to bed. But Grizzlies fans: No worries! Your team is back at Chukchansi Park in less than five months.

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