Madison Bumgarner was on his game Thursday, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing just two hits and two walks in the 2-0 World Series Game 2 win over the Tigers.
He struck out eight on the night and needed just 86 pitches to get through the eight frames. Bumgarner's velocity sat in the 89-90 mph range all night, but it was sneaking up on the Tigers, as they were unable to make much hard contact. Detroit's biggest threat game in the second inning, when Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning but then was thrown out at the plate on a Delmon Young double. Bumgarner retired the next two hitters and didn't allow a runner to reach second base after that. It's a big bounce-back effort from the lefty, as he had allowed 10 runs over his first two postseason starts and was skipped over the last time out. The series resumes Saturday in Detroit, with Ryan Vogelsong going up against Anibal Sanchez.