Skip to content

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

Oct 25, 2012, 11:18 PM EST

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Preliminary results from X-rays negative on Daniel Murphy’s hand

    Mar 6, 2015, 9:25 PM EST

    Daniel Murphy Daniel Murphy

    Daniel Murphy suffered a scare on Friday afternoon when he was hit on the hand with a pitch, but early results have been positive.

  2. Video: Watch Matt Harvey’s return to action against the Tigers

    Mar 6, 2015, 8:35 PM EST

    Matt Harvey Matt Harvey

    Friday was Matt Harvey Day in Port St. Lucie, as the right-hander returned to game action for the first time since he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

  3. Report: Astros lowered their offer to Ryan Vogelsong following medical examination

    Mar 6, 2015, 7:45 PM EST

    Ryan Vogelsong Ryan Vogelsong

    The Astros didn’t like what they saw following Ryan Vogelsong’s medical examination, which is why they lowered their offer.

  4. Giants likely to fill Hunter Pence void with in-house candidates

    Mar 6, 2015, 6:55 PM EST

    Hunter Pence Hunter Pence

    Gregor Blanco will probably get the lion’s share of the available playing time with Hunter Pence absent for six to eight weeks.

  5. Jose Bautista is battling a minor hamstring injury

    Mar 6, 2015, 6:05 PM EST

    Jose Bautista; John Gibbons Jose Bautista; John Gibbons

    The Blue Jays have nothing to worry about with Jose Bautista, per manager John Gibbons.

  6. Spring training stats don’t matter . . . except when they do

    Mar 6, 2015, 4:48 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds Getty Images

    Most of them don’t. But there are some predictive stats to be found in spring training games. If you know where to look.

  7. Mat Gamel is still alive. The Yankees just signed him.

    Mar 6, 2015, 3:51 PM EST

    gamel getty Getty Images

    The once top prospect hasn’t played in the bigs since 2012.

  8. Casey Kotchman is making a comeback with the Royals

    Mar 6, 2015, 3:15 PM EST

    Casey Kotchman AP

    Kotchman was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2001 and played 10 seasons in the majors for seven different teams, most recently with the Marlins in 2013.

  9. Daniel Murphy exits game after being plunked on the hand

    Mar 6, 2015, 2:40 PM EST

    Daniel Murphy AP AP

    Beaned on Tuesday, plunked on Friday. Not the best week for Murph.

  10. Rangers add bullpen help, sign Joe Beimel

    Mar 6, 2015, 2:20 PM EST

    Joe Beimel Getty Images

    Beimel pitched well for the Mariners last season, throwing 45 innings with a 2.20 ERA.

  11. Jonathan Lucroy is ahead of schedule in recovery from hamstring injury

    Mar 6, 2015, 1:49 PM EST

    Jonathan Lucroy Getty Getty Images

    Lucroy was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable on February 11, so he’s three-plus weeks in.

  12. Matt Harvey makes his return. And he was really impressive.

    Mar 6, 2015, 1:19 PM EST

    Matt Harvey

    He faced six batters and retired them all. And he cranked it up to 99 m.p.h.

  13. Josh Reddick strained his oblique muscle

    Mar 6, 2015, 12:39 PM EST

    josh reddick getty Getty Images

    He’s been injured the last two seasons. He’s not starting 2015 out much better.

  14. Hunter Pence and the pitcher who broke his arm chat on Twitter

    Mar 6, 2015, 11:31 AM EST

    Hunter Pence AP

    See, now that’s good sportsmanship in 2015!

  15. Tim Collins has ligament damage in his elbow

    Mar 6, 2015, 11:03 AM EST

    Tim Collins Getty Getty Images

    The pitchers are starting to drop. Here’s hoping we don’t get a rash of these like we did last year.

  16. Barry Zito’s first start in 19 months “was pretty impressive”

    Mar 6, 2015, 10:47 AM EST

    Barry Zito Getty Getty Images

    Barry Zito took the mound Thursday for his first game action since 2013.

  17. Tweet of the Day: Dan Uggla makes an appearance

    Mar 6, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

    Dan Uggla AP

    Reconnecting with old friends is always nice.

  18. White Sox release Tony Campana after torn ACL

    Mar 6, 2015, 10:15 AM EST

    Tony Campana Getty Images

    Campana signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox in November.

  19. There have been no contract extension talks between Jeff Samardzija and the White Sox

    Mar 6, 2015, 9:34 AM EST

    Jeff Samardzija AP

    Please make a note of it in whatever log or journal you happen to be keeping.

  20. Joey Votto: “I’m a different hitter than most.’

    Mar 6, 2015, 8:45 AM EST

    Joey Votto Getty Images

    Votto explains his approach to one of his biggest detractors.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Castillo (3367)
  2. J. Hamilton (2908)
  3. D. Viciedo (2772)
  4. C. Gonzalez (2769)
  5. C. Sale (2710)