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Tonight, Doug Fister and Madison Bumgarner each took the mound against the other to decide once and for all who holds the title of “Most Unfortunate Last Name in Baseball.” Coincidentally, it also happened to be Game Two of the 2012 World Series, which is apparently a big thing in San Francisco because that stadium was PACKED tonight. And the fans certainly got their money’s worth. Fister and Bumgarner matched zeroes for most of their time together, though the latter had the more fantasy friendly line and ended up pulling away with the win:
Fister: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Bumgarner: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8K
Detroit came close to scoring in the third inning after Prince Fielder reached on a hit-by pitch. But he was thrown out at home trying to score off of a Delmon Young double. Why was this? Prince’s body was saying “let’s go,” but the third base coach’s heart was saying “no.” Turns out, that was the closest the Tigers would come to putting a run on the board, as the offense stayed cold for the second game in a row. The Tigers managed to get just two hits and draw just two walks, and Fielder was the only one to make it to second base. Unless you count Omar Infante’s failed steal of second, which you don’t.
San Francisco, on the other hand, was able to score on a Brandon Crawford groundout double play ball and a Hunter Pence sacrifice fly. The two runs were more than enough to propel them to a 2 - 0 series lead. With 2 - 0 also being the score of this game, I for one advocate suspending all further play until this phenomena can be better understood. A day after Pablo Sandoval’s sheer power helped them stack eight runs on the board, the Giants’ offense was content to grind out a couple of salt flakes (runs) in this one.
Bumgarner bounced back from a poor start last time out against the Cardinals in a big way. This is yet another case of a dude being so close to my age (23) and doing such a cool thing like winning a World Series game that it makes me question every decision I’ve ever made.
With that, the teams head to Detroit for Game Three, which is set for Saturday night. San Francisco finds itself in the rather unusual position of being up by two games instead of down by three. They’ve won six in a row.