garlicfriesandbaseball:

GFBB Note: Interesting comments by D. J. Short, including “This wasn’t a thoroughly dominating performance by Bumgarner” ……. and “he allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight and throwing 54 out of 86 pitches for strikes.” But Short had to admit Bumgarner was “plenty efficient”. And in the end, isn’t that what really matters ~ besides the win of course.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Coming into tonight, many questioned whether Madison Bumgarner was the right choice for Game 2 after his late-season struggles carried into the postseason. However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to roll the dice with his young left-hander after some mechanical tweaks rather than go with Ryan Vogelsong on short rest or Tim Lincecum. It was a pretty good call.

Bumgarner delivered seven shutout innings tonight as the Giants topped the Tigers 2-0 in Game 2 to grab a 2-0 lead in the World Series.

This wasn’t a thoroughly dominating performance by Bumgarner, as there were a number of hard-hit balls and some ugly at-bats and baserunning blunders by the Tigers, but he was plenty efficient. Averaging a tick over 89 mph on his fastball, he allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out eight and throwing 54 out of 86 pitches for strikes. This was the first time…

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