Posted October 25, 2012 on AP on Fox
Detroit's Prince Fielder was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Delmon Young's double, pitcher Doug Fister remained in the game after getting hit on the head by a line drive and the Tigers and San Francisco Giants were tied 0-0 after three innings of World Series Game 2 on Thursday night. Following San Francisco's 8-3 win in the opener, the Tigers sent Fister to the mound trying to gain a split before the Series heads to Detroit this weekend. Madison Bumgarner started for the Giants. After tying the Series record by homering three times in the opener, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants flied out and grounded out in his first two at-bats. Fielder was hit on the right shoulder by a pitch leading off the second and Young, the AL championship series MVP, lined the ball down the left-field line. Gregor Blanco picked up the ball after it caromed off the fence in foul territory and threw to second baseman Marco Scutaro near third base. Fielder sped up as he turned third base. As he slid late, his left leg popped up off the dirt, and he was tagged on the butt by catcher Buster Posey. Dan Iassogna, working his first Series game behind the plate, made a demonstrative out call, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland came out of the dugout to argue briefly. Fister was struck just above the right ear by Blanco's line drive with one on and two outs in the bottom half. The ball ricocheted into short center for a single. ''Whoa!'' Iassogna said as he came out from behind the plate, adding: ''Doug, you OK?'' when he got to the mound. After Fister was checked out by Leyland and pitching coach Jeff Jones, he loaded the bases with a walk to Brandon Crawford. Bumgarner hit a soft looper to shortstop Jhonny Peralta, ending the inning. San Francisco entered with RBIs by pitchers in four straight games, a first by a team in a single postseason, according to STATS LLC. No major league team has accomplished the feat during the regular season since Colorado in June 2001. Bumgarner, 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA in two playoff appearances, allowed just the one hit through three innings, with five strikeouts and no walks. He threw 39 pitches. Fister, who had a 1.35 ERA in two postseason starts without a decision, gave up two hits, struck out two and walked one, throwing 49 pitches. Detroit made one change among its position players, starting Gerald Laird behind the plate and batting eighth in place of Alex Avila. Forty-one of 52 teams to take 2-0 leads have gone on to win the title. The Giants swept the first two games at home two years ago against Texas en route to their first championship since 1954. When the Series resumes in Detroit on Saturday night, midseason acquisition Anibal Sanchez starts for the Tigers and Ryan Vogelsong for the Giants. The temperature in the Motor City is expected to be in the low-to-mid 40s.
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