Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thoughts after 3 innings, Tigers, Giants, Game 2, World Series

- Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont made a mistake sending home Prince Fielder in the second inning on Delmon Young's double, period. I am all for aggressive base running but not with a player that big, that early in a game. If the Giants had executed a simple left-to-short-to-home relay, Fielder would have been out by several feet. The only reason the play was that close is it took Giants left fielder Gregor Blanco forever to retrieve the ball, and because he overthrew shortstop Brandon Crawford, and second baseman Marco Scutaro caught the errant throw instead. It was a great tag by Giants' catcher Buster Posey, but it did kill a rally. And for what reason?
- Everybody should be thankful Doug Fister apparently wasn't seriously hurt when he took a line drive off his head. What a scary play. He did a terrific job of pitching out the jam after that, too, despite being squeezed by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna.
- Madison Bumgarner is not crafy as Barry Zito, but has better so-called stuff. He has struggled lately, and the Tigers were on the verge of getting inside his head in the second. Now he is gaining confidence.


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