Madison Bumgarner pitched a gem for the San Francisco Giants Thursday night. In seven innings of work, Bumgarner only gave up two hits and two walks while striking out eight. Bumgarner needed only 86 pitches to get 21 outs to help lead the GIants to a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Doug Fister performed almost as well for the Tigers as he managed to go six innings while giving up four hits and a walk. But he gave up an earned run after a lead-off hit to Hunter Pence in the bottom of the 7th inning. Drew Smyly relieved Fister, and he immediately gave up a walk to Brandon Belt to put runners on first and second with nobody out.
Then Gregor Blanco executed perhaps the hit of the night with the ultimate bunt single that stayed fair.
That hit loaded the bases, and Brandon Crawford grounded into a double play that brought Pence to the plate and put San Francisco up 1-0. In the eighth inning, the Giants added an insurance run when they loaded the bases with Angel Pagan, Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey. Hunter Pence then hit a sacrifice fly to right center that scored Pagan to make it 2-0 Giants.
Sergio Romo came in and retired three straight batters in the ninth to send the Giants to Detroit up 2-0. Game 3 is set for Saturday at 5 p.m. CT from Comerica Park. Ryan Vogelsong will face Tigers right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez.