(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Phil Coke struck out the side in the 9th inning, before taking the loss in the 10th inning of Game 4 of the World Series.
Coke gave up a single to Ryan Theriot to right-center. A sacrifice bunt moved Brandon Crawford to second.
Coke struck out Angel Pagan for the second out of the inning, before Marco Scutaro singled to right-center, bringing home Theriot.
The Giants went on to beat the Tigers, 4-3, in 10 innings to complete a four-game sweep of the Tigers on Sunday night at Comerica Park.
Watch the video for final interviews from the Detroit Tiger locker room by Tom Clyde.
"Keep it short, please," Coke said initially when approached by reporters, although he ended up talking for several minutes.
Asked how he felt about giving up the winning run, Coke said: "Not awesome. That's the best I can sum it up. It wasn't a good feeling, but you know what? I pitched my rear end off."
Coke came through in a big way for the Tigers during the playoffs, after Jose Valverde struggled. Coke didn't allow an earned run in the postseason until the final inning of the season. He finished with a 0.84 ERA in the postseason with 13 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings.
"I'm apologetic to our fans," Coke said. "I did the best I could. We did the best we could. We just came up short. But I don't think there's a reason why you can't expect us to be here next year - on the other end."
Coke was adamant that the Tigers could get back to the World Series: "Don't think we won't be back."
Although he was upset at the way things ended, he was able to appreciate what the Tigers did accomplish this season.
"Man we had a great run to get here," Coke said. "We just went cold at the wrong time. I don't think it has anything to do with the time off or any of that crap, because I just don't believe that. I don't believe in that. I just think that ridiculous. I think it just happened to be the fact that every time (the Giants) put a guy on the bump they threw relatively deep into each game and they threw well. They had the momentum. They came off a big series and they were able to keep their momentum. It happens."
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