Fister, Bumgarner engage in pitching duel: Giants defeat Tigers to take a two game lead in World Series


San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner was looking for a turn- around performance after getting lit up for six runs against the St. Louis Cardinals 12 days ago. He got that, and he came up big. Bumgarner went seven strong innings of 2- hit ball, while striking out eight Tigers batters and holding them scoreless.

Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher Doug Fister continued his postseason dominance. Fister gave up 1- earned run over six innings, while striking out 3. He has given up a total of three runs over 19.1 innings. However, he has yet to factor into a winning decision.

In the second, Doug Fister gave his team quite the scare when he took a linedrive off the side of his head, Tigers’ medical trainer Kevin Rand and team manger Jim Leyland came out to speak with the right hander to determine if he was ok. After a few warmup pitches, he checked out o.k., and continued with the game.

In the 7th inning, Hunter Pence singled off of Doug Fister into leftfield. Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland would go to the bullpen and bring in rookie Drew Smyly to replace Fister, leaving Fister responsible for the runner at first. Smyly walked Brandon Belt, the first batter he faced. Giants’ leftfield Gregor Blanco laid down a bunt that trickled down the third base line. Catcher Gerald Laird, third baseman Miguel Cabrera, and pitcher Drew Smyly huddled around the ball willing a ball that would just not go foul. No plays were made at any base and all runners advance safely loading the bases.

Smyly would serve up a double play ball to Brandon Crawford. However, Hunter Pence running from third would score on the play, giving the Giants a 1- run lead.

The stuggles continued for Smyly in the 8th inning as he walked the leadoff hitter Angel Pagan. He rang up Marco Scutaro with a called third strike down the middle. The right move to intentionally walk Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval was made coming off the heels of a three homerun game the night before. Octavio Dotel was called upon to replace Smyly, as Dotel promptly walked catcher Buster Posey- on four straight pitches- to load the bases.

During a 6- pitch at bat, Dotel continually tried to set up free- swinging Pence on the outside corner of the plate. Dotel left too much of a 93 mph cutter around the plate for Pence to reach out and loft one to rightfielder Don Kelly. It was deep enough. The sac- fly would score Pagan from third base.

The Tigers bats were too quiet, as the two runs were enough for the San Francisco Giants.  Tonight’s game marks just the second time this season that the Tigers would be shutout.

All in all, the Giants take a commanding two game lead in the World Series.

Both teams will take the day off on Friday as they head to Detroit, Michigan to resume World Series play at Comerica Park. Game three will take place on Saturday at 8:00 pm ET. Both Detroit and San Francisco will send out righties in Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 1.36 ERA) and Ryan Vogelsong (2-0, 1.42 ERA), respectively. Both pitchers are coming off of impressive, seven inning performances in their respective Championship Series’. Sanchez held the New York Yankees scoreless in game two, and Vogelsong only gave up one run while striking out a career- high nine batters against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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