The Tigers were coming home, were having their best pitchers take the bump, and were having their opponent play out of their element in the 40 degrees weather. But none of that matters if you don't hit. The Tigers didn't hit and none of it mattered. The Giants became the first team since 1966 to shut out an opponent back to back in the World Series, beating the Tigers again by the score of 2-0. Ryan Voglesong danced through runners on base in every inning and Tim Lincecum is back in his element coming out of the bullpen. The two of them tossed 8 shutout innings, allowing Sergio Romo to nail down a rather easy 9th inning for the save. The Giants got their only runs in the second. Underpants led off with a walk. He would score on Gregor Blanco ( I'll take Blanco this time...) triple. And he would score on a Brandon Crawford single. That seemed like a mountain for the suddenly timid Tigers, who only scratched out 5 hits all night.
THE STUD- Bruce Bochy. Every move this guy makes works. Barry Zito starting game 1? Sure. Tim Lincecum back to the pen? Awesome move. Throw in the fact that this team is so locked in while apparently having the time of their lives. They're all goofing around, joking, smiles as wide as can be. And not a mental misstep to be had. Just a great job by "Boche" as Ol' Quade would say. Wonder what Quade's doing these days? Probably getting a fish hook out of his head....
THE DUD- Miguel Cabrera. Hey, Mr. Triple Crown..... Big Dogs walk late you know. Prince is a candidate here too. But Cabrera came up empty in two of the more key at bats. In the fifth with the bases loaded, he weakly popped out to second base. In the eight, with the crowd at a desperate high pitch, Miggy grounded out to short. These balls aren't even being hit hard. This team follows his cue. Right now the supposed MVP is leading the Tigers right into the dumper.
THE IN BETWEEN- Bud Selig, hope you're enjoying this. The ratings for this World Series has been putrid. And I know that there's been no buzz on any boards abut this World series. Yes, it's a Cubs Blog, but you think the Fall Classic would merit some conversation. The more this Car Salesman messes with the formula, the further away it gets from the general public. (Where is the tenderness....?)
So all kudos go to the Giants. I still don't think they're that great a team. But they're getting great pitching and they hit the playoffs on a roll. Which only stresses Theo's want of being a team that is constantly in the playoffs. Because when you're constantly in it, you're more likely to get on a roll that the Giants are currently on. Max Scherzer and his big shnozz try and prevent the sweep against Matt Cain. Sherzer and Verlander should be a boost. But you shouldn't need boosts. It's the World Series. That should be the boost. I'll just root for a good game. Because I've yet to see one in awhile.