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Madison Bumgarner delivers as Giants top Tigers in Game 2, take 2-0 lead in World Series

Oct 25, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

Madison Bumgarner AP AP

Coming into tonight, many questioned whether Madison Bumgarner was the right choice for Game 2 after his late-season struggles carried into the postseason. However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to roll the dice with his young left-hander after some mechanical tweaks rather than go with Ryan Vogelsong on short rest or Tim Lincecum. It was a pretty good call.

Bumgarner delivered seven shutout innings tonight as the Giants topped the Tigers 2-0 in Game 2 to grab a 2-0 lead in the World Series.

This wasn’t a thoroughly dominating performance by Bumgarner, as there were a number of hard-hit balls and some ugly at-bats and baserunning blunders by the Tigers, but he was plenty efficient. Averaging a tick over 89 mph on his fastball, he allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight and throwing 54 out of 86 pitches for strikes. This was the first time he had completed seven innings in start since August 20.

The Tigers were held to just two hits all night and they came up empty in their lone scoring threat. Bumgarner hit Prince Fielder with a pitch to begin the top of the second inning before Delmon Young doubled into the left field corner. However, the rally was snuffed out after Fielder was gunned down at home plate on the play. Third base coach Gene Lamont probably wishes he could have that one back.

Doug Fister was excellent for the Tigers, even staying in the game after being hit in the head by a line drive in the second inning, but he just didn’t get any help from his offense. He was pulled in the top of the seventh inning after giving up a leadoff single to Hunter Pence, who eventually scored on a double-play grounder off the bat of Brandon Crawford. Pence later added some insurance with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning. Yes, one day after getting three home runs from Pablo Sandoval, the Giants scored two runs in the ugliest way possible. Still, a win is a win.

The Tigers appeared to have the advantage with the pitching matchups in San Francisco, but they’ll head home down 0-2. The World Series will resume Saturday night in Detroit when Anibal Sanchez starts for the Tigers and Vogelsong pitches for the Giants.

  1. polegojim - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Great job Giants – that’s called ‘Getting It Done’. Gotta love that Romo Kid!

    Hope the Yankee power outage wasn’t contagious… we had our chances.

    … to Detroit… LET’S GO TIGERS!!!

  2. thebadguyswon - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Detroit needs to go to Mad Max now and not in game 4.

    • TheBlindUmp - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      To go down 0-3 would be the death knell…they better throw out their best, right now. The Giants are lucky and good right now. That’s a tough combination to beat!

  3. skerney - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Seven innings, 86 pitches, two hits, against the Triple Crown winner and prince fielder in the World Series.

    Far from Dominant?

    What is dominant then?

    • D.J. Short - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      That’s fair. “Far from dominant” is a bit hyperbolic.

  4. missthemexpos - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    The Motor City certainly could learn from the Giants when it comes to making mechanical tweaks to a member of their pitching staff.

    • TheBlindUmp - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      lol. Righetti is the best pitching coach out there, bar none.

  5. pshanks62 - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Right all of a sudden the Giants starting pitchers are amazing and the tigers’ blow…sports fans are idiots, me included, they do crazy things to us guys….

    • sailcat54 - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      The craziest part is, the moment the World Series is over we will all be counting the days until Spring Training begins! It’s all about baseball, baby!

  6. sailcat54 - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Good job Giants! Bumgarner earned this win, but Fister was no slouch, either! We’ll see if the Tigers find their bats when they return to Detroit…

    • historiophiliac - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      I hate when our pitchers are good and our bats suck.

      • dreadpiratesteve - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:49 AM

        There is a song Giants fans know all too well. We sand it all year in 2011. Go Giants!

      • dreadpiratesteve - Oct 26, 2012 at 2:50 AM


  7. TheBlindUmp - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Yep, baseball will make an idiot out of us all! Just when you think you’re in, you’re only in the way! That’s why they play the games…

  8. TheBlindUmp - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    I doubt we can shut down Cabrera and Fielder completely. Hitting is affected more by the short layoff than pitching. Plus they haven’t seen much of the Giants pitching which makes them even tougher. Which is one of the reason that in the WS good pitching almost always beats good hitting, they haven’t seen them much before.

  9. aceshigh11 - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Wow, did NOT expect the Series to pan out like this so far at all.

    Tigers have a major uphill battle now.

  10. sweepthleg - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Giants won game 2. Good for them.

  11. goawaydog - Oct 26, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Looks like the good Bumgarner showed up.

  12. richwizl - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Excellent game last night, both starters pitched well. Gotta take my hat off to Doug Fister who took a line drive shot squarely off the back/side of his head and stayed in the game. Frankly, I couldn’t believe it. That is one tough hombre and a really good guy, as well. I hope he is all right today.

  13. garlicfriesandbaseball - Oct 27, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Reblogged this on Garlicfriesandbaseball's Blog and commented:
    GFBB Note: Interesting comments by D. J. Short, including “This wasn’t a thoroughly dominating performance by Bumgarner” ……. and “he allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight and throwing 54 out of 86 pitches for strikes.” But Short had to admit Bumgarner was “plenty efficient”. And in the end, isn’t that what really matters ~ besides the win of course.

    • garlicfriesandbaseball - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:10 AM

      Tiger fans’ are posting some classy comments here. I remember well the crap the Phillies fans wrote all during the 2010 postseason here about the Giants. Hateful stuff. Not so with Tiger fans. Good luck to both teams in the rest of the Series.

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