After a Game 1 that saw the San Francisco Giants score eight runs, all it took was two runs for them to beat the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the 2012 World Series Thursday night.
Brandon Crawford's groundout with the bases loaded in the seventh inning gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, while Hunter Pence hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth, and that was all San Francisco needed in the 2-0 victory in front of their home crowd.
It was once again a strong defensive performance by the Giants, highlighted by Prince Fielder getting thrown out at home in the top of the second inning.
In the bottom of the second inning, Buster Posey and Gregor Blanco both singled off Tigers right-hander Doug Fister to get things going.
The single off Fister's head made everyone pause and hold their breath:
Fortunately, Fister was alright and—after Brandon Crawford walked—pitcher Madison Bumgarner stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. Given Giants starters had collected an RBI in each of the last four games, it certainly wasn't a gimme for Detroit.
But Bumgarner hit a lazy floater to shortstop Jhonny Peralta and San Francisco missed a prime opportunity to put the first run on the board.
Then again, maybe we should have seen that out coming. ESPN Stats & Info tweeted:
Madison Bumgarner is now 0-for-7 in his career with the bases loaded— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 26, 2012
Of course, perhaps that didn't matter with Bumgarner dealing on the mound. Given the right-hander's customary routine of letting his snot know who's boss (snot nose?), Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News hit the nail on the head:
In a huge upset, Bumgarner is firing more fist pumps than snotrockets through four innings.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) October 26, 2012
After getting blown out in Game 1, the Tigers had an opportunity in the top of the fourth with Omar Infante leading off with a single. But after Miguel Cabrera lined out to third and Infante got caught stealing, the inning ended abruptly.
Frustration building for Detroit offense now. HIt it hard, out. Get on base, get picked off, out.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 26, 2012
Bumgarner ended up going seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while racking up eight strikeouts.
Reliever Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless eighth before handing the ball over to closer Sergio Romo, who recorded his second save of the postseason.
Fister was charged with one run in six innings, failing to get out of the seventh inning.
Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who suffered serious head trauma after getting beaten on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium in 2011, attended the game, per Raj Mathai of NBC San Francisco.
#SFGiants statement re: Bryan Stow: "He's a guest of ours tonight, but the family had asked that we not do anything ceremonial,"— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) October 26, 2012
Winning a World Series game and taking a 2-0 series lead?
Not a bad way to pay tribute to Stow.