|After an extended layoff, Bumgarner was brilliant in Game 2. (US Presswire)|
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants won in blowout fashion in Game 1 of the World Series. In Game 2, they went in the opposite direction, squeaking out a 2-0 victory in which they scored runs on a double play and sacrifice fly. Still, the end result is the same and this series is heading to Detroit with the Giants leading two-games-to-zero in this best-of-seven Fall Classic.
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Hero: Madison Bumgarner is the no-brainer pick. Unless you wanna go with manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Dave Righetti for getting Bumgarner ready and throwing him back in the mix. The young left-hander was outstanding, working seven shutout innings and allowing only two hits. He was helped by a great relay throw to nail Prince Fielder at home in the second inning, but overall Bumgarner was the man for San Francisco.
Goat: It's a tough call between Tigers third-base coach Gene Lamont for sending Fielder home with no outs in the second, the entire Tigers' offense and Drew Smyly for walking the first batter he faced in the all-important Giants' seventh. Considering the body of work for the entire game, I'm going with the collective pick: Tigers offense. Two hits isn't gonna get it done.
Turning point: Both teams had a few scoring chances, but pitchers were working out of it -- and, again, that throw home to get Fielder -- so one team needed a break. And it came in the form of a perfectly-placed bunt off the bat of Gregor Blanco in the seventh inning. He had a chance to beat any throw to first base, so the proper play for the Tigers was to let it roll foul. It just never did. And the Giants had the bases loaded with no out in a scoreless tie.
It was over when: Unlike in Game 1, this one went down to the wire so it wasn't "over" until it was literally over, meaning when the 27th out was recorded by the Giants and their photobombing closer Sergio Romo.
Next: We'll head to Detroit for Game 3, which will take place Saturday at 8:07 p.m. ET/5:07 p.m. PT. The pitching matchup is a dandy, just like pretty much every game this series is shaping up to be, in Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers against Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants.