World Series Game Summary - Detroit at San Francisco|
(Thursday, October 25th)
Final Score: San Francisco 2, Detroit 0
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Madison Bumgarner continued a brilliant
stretch of starting pitching for the San Francisco Giants during Game 2 of the
World Series, twirling seven shutout innings in a 2-0 squeaker over the
Detroit Tigers that brought the National League champions within two wins of
their second title in three years.
Making his first start since Oct. 14 after being briefly dropped from the
rotation due to two rough postseason outings, Bumgarner (1-0) struck out eight
batters while yielding a mere two hits and two walks in a splendid 86-pitch
Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo finished off the two-hit shutout with a
scoreless inning each as San Francisco registered its fifth consecutive win of
this postseason, including an 8-3 triumph over the Tigers in Wednesday's Game
1 behind a three-homer effort from Pablo Sandoval.
Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco were the offensive stars of a pitching-
dominated Game 2, with the former scoring the go-ahead run in the bottom of
the seventh inning and adding a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Blanco went 2-
for-3 with a key bunt single that advanced Pence to third with the game still
scoreless in the seventh.
Bumgarner outdueled Doug Fister (0-1), with the Detroit starter receiving a
hard-luck defeat despite permitting just four hits and a walk over six-plus
frames, but enabling the game's first run to reach base by issuing a leadoff
single to Pence in the bottom of the seventh.
"He just wasn't quite as good as Bumgarner, but he was pretty darned good,"
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Fister. "If you give us that performance as
a starter all the time throughout a series, you feel pretty good about it."
The Giants have allowed only four runs during their current surge, with the
starting staff of Bumgarner, Game 1 winner Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt
Cain combining for a minuscule 0.55 earned run average over that span.
Bumgarner won two postseason assignments as a rookie during San Francisco's
2010 title run, including a gem in Game 4 of that year's World Series in which
he limited Texas to three hits over eight shutout innings. The young lefty had
been anything but dominant over his two playoff starts of this October,
however, and was replaced in favor of Tim Lincecum for Game 4 of the NLCS
after being rocked for 10 runs and 15 hits over that pair of appearances.
"I really thought he needed a break and I thought he benefited from it,
getting some rest, both mentally and physically," Giants manager Bruce Bochy
said of Bumgarner. "And he went out there and pitched like we know he can."
Bumgarner was clearly in top form in a game where the Giants' previously
potent bats were being held in check by Fister.
He recorded five of his strikeouts over the first three innings, though the
Tigers very nearly touched him for a run in a top of the second in which the
AL champs ran themselves out of a scoring opportunity.
After Bumgarner hit Prince Fielder with a pitch to begin the inning, Delmon
Young laced a double into the left-field corner and third base coach Gene
Lamont waved Fielder home. However, Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro
delivered a perfect relay throw to catcher Buster Posey, who applied a swipe
tag on Fielder just before the slugger crossed the plate.
"That was huge," said Bumgarner. "I think that might have been a momentum
shifter for me because I had some trouble in the second, third, fourth innings
the last couple starts, and (the) defense bailed me out there. It was a huge
play, got me excited, and (I'm) happy we were able to get out of it
San Francisco threatened in its half of the frame, but Fister would avoid any
potential harm -- both to himself and his team.
The tall righty recorded a pair of outs after a leadoff single by Posey, but
Blanco followed with a line drive that caught him just above his right ear and
caromed just past second base for a base hit.
Fister was unfazed by the nearly disastrous blow, though he would subsequently
walk Brandon Crawford to load the bases before getting Bumgarner to end the
inning with a popup to short.
He would go on to retire 12 straight San Francisco batters after the walk to
Crawford, matching zeroes with Bumgarner and keeping the contest scoreless
before being removed by Leyland after giving up Pence's hit to start the
bottom of the seventh.
Drew Smyly took over for Fister and promptly walked Brandon Belt before Blanco
dropped down a perfectly-placed bunt that fell dead before reaching the foul
line on the third base side, filling the sacks with still none out.
"He got into a good count and put one of the most beautiful bunts you'll ever
see," said Pence. "He's just the definition of a ball player -- defense,
speed, can bunt, can swing it, and he showed another reason why he's so
Leyland opted to keep the infield at double-play depth, and Crawford complied
by bouncing into a 4-6-3 twin-killing that enabled Pence to trot home and
break the scoreless stalemate.
"We felt like we couldn't give them two runs," said Leyland. "That's why we
did that, and we got the double play. To be honest with you, we were
absolutely thrilled to come out of that inning with one run, absolutely
thrilled. I mean, we had to score anyway."
The decision would still prove costly, as Casilla didn't allow a ball out of
the infield during a 1-2-3 eighth and Romo set down all three Detroit
hitters in the ninth.
San Francisco did get an insurance run prior to Romo's entrance, thanks to
three walks issued by the Detroit bullpen that loaded the bases with one out
for Pence. The excitable outfielder then lifted a fly ball to right off
Octavio Dotel that brought in Angel Pagan for a 2-0 advantage.
Following an off day, the series shifts to Detroit for Saturday's Game 3. The
Tigers will turn to Anibal Sanchez in hopes of bouncing back, with Vogelsong
slated to take the mound for the Giants.
The Tigers won't have history on their side, however. Of the 52 previous teams
that have taken a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven World Series, 41 have gone on to
claim the championship, and the last eight clubs faced with such a deficit
have failed to win the series.
The 1996 New York Yankees were the last to win the World Series after dropping
the first two games, coming back against Atlanta that season ... Bumgarner
became the fifth pitcher in World Series history to have back-to-back starts
with seven or more scoreless innings, and the first to do so since Hall of
Famer Sandy Koufax did so for the Dodgers in 1965 ... Fister had thrown 6 1/3
scoreless innings in his most recent start, which took place against the
Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS ... Sandoval finished 1-for-3 and had a Giants'
postseason record of six straight games with an RBI come to an end ... Scutaro
entered the game having tied a franchise mark with an 11-game postseason
hitting streak, but went 0-for-4.
10/26 01:30:16 ET