The Detroit Tigers knew how important it was to win Game 2 of the 2012 World Series against the San Francisco Giants after they were crushed 8-3 in Game 1 on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Tigers failed to come through once again after falling 2-0 to the Giants on Thursday–wasting an impressive performance by starting pitcher Doug Fister.
Detroit could not have asked for a better performance from Fister as he pitched six strong innings and only allowed one earned run. What’s even more impressive–Fister managed to stay in the game after taking a hit to the head from Gregor Blanco in the second inning.
There’s no question the key factor to this series is going to come down to pitching and the fact that Detroit failed to take advantage of Fister’s strong performance on Thursday shows how poorly the offense has performed this series. The Tigers have only scored three runs over the first two games of the World Series and with key players like Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, Omar Infante, and Austin Jackson–this is completely unacceptable.
Game 2 was Detroit’s best chance of taking advantage of San Francisco’s bullpen considering Madison Bumgarner was 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA over his first two postseason games, but that was far from the case as Bumgarner only allowed two hits over seven innings–arguably displaying his most impressive performance of the 2012 season.
With wasted opportunities like Thursday, it’s difficult to imagine the Tigers coming back in this series as the Giants seem poised to win their second World Series title in three years.
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