Friday, October 26, 2012

Giants Take Series Command After Madison Bungarner, Hunter Pence Forge 2-0 Win

Players of the Day for Thursday, October 25, 2012

World Series

Hunter Pence
Game Two: San Francisco 2 Detroit 0 - In game one, the Giants pounded the Tigers with their bats, or, rather, with one bat, that of Pablo Sandoval. Game two was won by force of arm, that belonging to one Madison Bumgarner, who blanked the suddenly-punchless Tigers on two hits over seven innings, leading the Giants to another win and a commanding 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven World Series.

Bumgarner: 7IP 0ER
Bumgarner, and Detroit starter, Doug Fister, dueled through six scoreless innings, until Hunter Pence led off the bottom of the seventh, after which Fister was lifted for reliever, Drew Smyly. A walk to Brandon Belt and a perfectly-placed bunt down the third base line by Gregor Blanco loaded the bases with nobody out. Brandon Crawford grounded into a double play, but Pence zipped home with the game's first run.

In the eighth inning, the Giants scored another run without the aid of a hit, loading the bases with three walks prior to Pence's sac fly, sending Angel Pagan to the plate.

Meanwhile, San Francisco reliever, Santiago Casilla, set the Tigers down in order in the eighth, then turned the ball over to closer Serigo Romo, who got the Tigers 1-2-3 in the ninth for his first World Series save.

Bumgarner struck out eight and walked two, getting his first World Series win. His post-season record stands at 3-2.

The teams travel to Detroit on Friday, in preparation of games three, four and, if necessary, five, at the Tigers' home, Comerica Park. Game three is Saturday, 8:07 pm EDT. Ryan Vogelsong goes for the Giants. The starter for the Tigers is Anibal Sanchez.

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