The World Series
San Francisco Giants
8:07 p.m. EST
With a historic hitting performance and unexpected results from the starting pitchers, the Giants' 8-3 win over the Tigers got the 2012 Fall Classic off to a rocking started. Pablo Sandoval and Barry Zito had the fans at AT&T Park rocking. Justin Verlander and the visiting Tigers got rocked at AT&T Park.
In Game 2, Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for San Francisco and that might help Detroit's batters get back on track. Bumgarner is 0-2 this postseason with an 11.25 ERA.
As for the Tigers, It's Doug Fister's turn in the rotation. Fister hasn't earned a decision this postseason but the Tigers have come out on top in each of his two starts. The 28-year-old righty stymied the Yankees in his last start, pitching 6.1 innings of shutout baseball.
Will the Panda and Marco Scutaro stay in Game 2? Or will the Tigers pounce on the struggling Bumgarner to even the series.
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|@ TylerKepner : Beat the opponents' untouchable ace in Game 1, shutout victory in Game 2. It feels a lot like the 2010 World Series again at AT&T Park.|
|@ jaysonst : Tigers were shut out twice all year - 8/29 in a Bruce Chen start, 7/17 in a Garrett Richards start.|
Bumgarner gets the win. Fister gets the loss. Romo gets his second save of the postseason.
Infante flies out to Brandon Belt in foul territory to end the game. Giants win 2-0 and take a 2-0 World Series lead.
Romo gets Austin Jackson to strike out swinging with a nasty slider that tails away to the outside. 2 outs. Omar Infante up.
Quintin Berry pinch hits and flies out to left. Tigers need to get one man on base so Cabrera can have an at-bat.
Coke strikes out Brandon Belt swinging and now Sergio Romo will come in to get the save in the ninth.
Phil Coke coming in for Dotel.
Hunter Pence flies out to right field and it's deep enough to allow Pagan to tag up and score from third. 2-0 GIANTS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 8TH. That's it for Dotel.
|@ jaysonst : During reg season, Sandoval was INT BB'd twice to get to Posey. Worked both times: GIDP May 1 (Marlins), K Sept. 7 (Dodgers)|
Dotel walks Posey on 4 pitches. Now Hunter Pence is up.
|@ Joelsherman1 : Leyland quizzed few writers b4 gm if situation arose to IBB hot Sandoval to face likely MVP Posey, would we He decided yes #Tigers #sfgiants|
Dotel is coming in to replace Smyly.
Pagan steals second and beats a good throw by Laird. Everybody go to Taco Bell on October 30th. Sandoval is intentionally walked. Men on first and second with one out.
Smyly strikes out Scutaro looking. That'll do it for his hitting streak in the postseason. And he doesn't strike out often either. Here comes Sandoval.
Smyly walks Pagan on four pitches. The fourth looked like a strike.
|@ ZuckermanCSN : The Tigers lineup has been so bad in this series, Jim Leyland is planning to bench A-Rod for Game 3.|
|@ JesseSanchezMLB : Giants fans are probably the singing-est, dancing-est fans in the big leagues. And I'm pretty sure Journey's Steve Perry lives here at AT&T|
|@ Alden_Gonzalez : Um, why no Alex Avila? #Tigers|
Laird grounds out to SS Crawford to end the inning. Giants 3 outs away from taking a 2-0 World Series lead.
Andy Dirks pinch hits and grounds out to 2B Scutaro for the second out. Laird up now. He's 0 for 2 tonight.
Jhonny Peralta flies out to 1B Brandon Belt in foul territory.
|@ AlexPavlovic : Madison Bumgarner in two World Series starts: 15 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 4 walks, 14 strikeouts. He's 23 years old.|
|@ JonHeymanCBS : with 6 outs to go, no guarantee miggy/prince come up again. leyland may regret playing infield back w/ bases full.|
|@ CSNBaggs : The Giants have not lost a game when leading any point after the fifth inning this postseason.|
|@ JeffPassan : If Tigers go down 1-2-3 in the final two innings, neither Miguel Cabrera nor Prince Fielder will step to the plate again.|
Smyly strikes Theriot out swinging and the bat hits Laird on the follow through. We're going to the 8th. 1-0 Giants.
|@ JeffPassan : Conceding a run with this offense against that pitching? Jim Leyland either has some irrational confidence or knows something we don't.|