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There comes a time in every series that we see what could be called a “Buckner Moment.” Named after Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, the “Buckner Moment” is the moment of a World Series when you see one team make a mistake that you know they will never recover from.
In Buckner’s case, it was his error that allowed Ray Knight to score the winning run in Game 6 of the '86 Series. You knew right then and there that the Red Sox were done.
In 2012, that moment might have come in the second inning of Game 2. After being hit by a pitch, Prince Fielder was waved around from first to try and score on a Delmon Young double to left.
With nobody out and a pitcher on the mound who had absolutely been rocked in his first three starts of the playoffs, the decision by third-base coach Gene Lamont to send home the lumbering Fielder backfired, as catcher Buster Posey was able to get the tag in time.
Instead of runners on second and third with no one out, Young was on second with one out. He never left second base. That out settled Madison Bumgarner down and the Tigers could never really string together a rally again. Any momentum that the Tigers might have had was gone, and the Giants just kept rolling along.