The Detroit Tigers were supposed to have the advantage, and the Giants’ young lefty Madison Bumgarner was supposed to be too tired to start in the World Series.
But the Giants continue to beat expectations.
In a game two pitcher’s duel Thursday night, the Giants once again came out on top, winning 2-0 to go ahead by two games in the World Series. Bumgarner pitched seven shut-out innings in San Francisco, while Detroit’s Doug Fister made it through 6 innings, despite taking a Gregor Blanco line drive off his head.
When the Giants finally broke through with a double play ground-out in the seventh that scored a run, fans at Gestalt on 16th Street high-fived strangers and sang “Let’s go Giants!” A sacrifice fly in the eighth added to the excitement.
The Giants now head to Detroit to try to clinch the series, a strangely secure position for a team that has battled back from the grave the entire postseason, winning a record-tying six elimination games. Game three will start at 5:07 p.m. on Saturday.