World Series Game 2: Giants Shut Down Tigers Again, Win 2-0

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By Alex Hall (@AlexKHall)

While the San Francisco Giants may not have one in the same dramatic fashion as they did Game 1, the team still shut down their opponent to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

The Tigers were helpless at the plate for the second straight night, this time getting shut out by Giants starter Madison Bumgarner and co. In his second World Series start before the age of 24, Bumgarner threw seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and just two hits surrendered.

The start was easily the young hurler’s best of this postseason, telling Fox News: “I hadn’t done a very good job of making pitches this postseason so far and this is a team that you’re not going to be able to afford to miss with. They hit some balls hard, but luckily we were in the right spot.”

If Detroit felt it had a chance to grab a victory in one of the first two meetings in San Francisco, it had to believe Game 2 would be the night. Bumgarner had surrendered a combined 10 runs over eight innings earlier this postseason to the Reds and Cardinals.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the bats of Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and the rest couldn’t even muster up one run against the previously struggling pitcher.

Bumgarner certainly did not miss on this night, helping his team secure a crucial victory, one that put the odds heavily in the Giants favor to win the whole series. As ESPN’s Jim Caple noted in a recent article of his, of the 52 teams that have previously gone up 2-0 in a World Series, 41 have gone on to win the whole thing.

And how is San Francisco marching to their second championship in three seasons? By just being the Giants.

“…They’re playing like the Giants play, and we expected that coming in. They’re good. They’re really good,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLB.com writer Chris Haft.

The road to the Tigers’ first World Series championship since 1984 does not get any easier for Leyland’s crew in Game 3. The Giants will send postseason hero Ryan Vogelsong to the mound for the series’ first game in the Motor City.

Vogelsong has been an emerging name in San Fran over the past few seasons, with a combined 27-16 record in the regular season since 2011. He also has a nice win-loss record this postseason, going 3-0 so far giving up a combined three earned runs compared to 18 strikeouts.

The bread and butter for the Giants since their 2010 World Series victory has been a dominant pitching staff and the Tigers are going to face arguably their opponent’s hottest pitcher at the moment in their home ballpark.

Detroit isn’t just going to lie down and accept defeat two games into the series, but it’s going to take a serious home stand by the team in order to prolong this World Series past four games.

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