San Francisco Giants fans are too picky about how their World Series wins come these days. The Giants blanked the Tigers on Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series, and a brilliant performance from Madison Bumgarner (7.0 innings, zero runs and two hits allowed) served as the catalyst.
The Giants are the 51st team in MLB history to jump out to a two-games-to-none World Series advantage in the best-of-seven format, and 40 of the first 50 squads went on to win the title. There's nothing to feel nervous about right now for San Francisco fans, so the conversation at McCovey Chronicles has shifted to celebrating wins in whatever form they take:
"I'll take a World Series win any way I can get it. A blown call would be dandy. Three errors and a catcher's interference call in the ninth inning. Ryan Theriot doing something. Anything's cool."
"...The World Series is a dandy scrum between a couple of teams who got there because they have a gaggle of good players. Bumgarner is one of those good players. If he continued his streak of degooding, it was going to make things a lot harder on the Giants.
Which was all a lengthy introduction to say this: Madison Bumgarner was good again."
The recap for the Game 2 win is aptly titled: The Bumgarnering. There can be no debate: things are going very well for the Giants right now.
The World Series now shifts to Comerica Park for the first time with Game 3 at 8 p.m. ET (FOX) on Saturday. Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez will start opposite Giants hurler Ryan Vogelsong.