The San Francisco Giants squeezed by the Detroit Tigers 2-0 Thursday night with some help from the bouncing ball.
Or, more accurately, the non-rolling ball.
The Giants managed to push across the first run of the game in the seventh inning with the benefit of a Gregor Blanco bunt that stopped just short of going foul down the third-base line. That bunt, which was intended to be a sacrifice, ended up loading the bases for San Francisco with no outs.
There is no way to know what would have happened if Blanco’s bunt had gone foul or if it had in fact turned into a sacrifice, but all we know is the Giants took a 2-0 series advantage thanks to it turning into a hit.
Heading into the game, there seemed to be little chance of a low-scoring game the way Giants starter Madison Bumgarner previously pitched in the playoffs. Before Thursday, Bumgarner allowed ten runs in eight innings and was not a lock to start a game in the World Series.
Bumgarner struck out eight batters in seven innings with two walks, two hits, and — most importantly — no runs. Bumgarner did not have his best stuff, but he pitched well enough to keep the Tigers scoreless. Read More…
From Daily Kent Stater, October 26, 2012