On Assignment – Game 2 – 2012 World Series

The San Francisco Giants continued their winning ways, defeating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in Game Two of the 2012 World Series at A,T& T Park Thursday night.

Matthew Morrison, from the Fox TV series Glee, sings the National Anthem prior to Game Two of the 2012 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

Pre-game activities were much more subdued for Game Two, which was fine with me!  Of course, Fox made sure that one of their own took center stage, and on this night Glee’s Matthew Morrison sang the National Anthem.  When you pay the money Fox pays for exclusive broadcasting rights to cover the World Series, it’s expected that they take full advantage of their investment, don’t you think?

Game Two turned out to be a pitching duel between the Tigers Doug Fister and Madison Bumgarner of the Giants.  Pitching duels generally mean few pictures, and that was indeed the case this night.

Prince Fielder is hit by a pitch thrown by Madison Bumgarner in the second inning during Game Two of the World Series on October 25, 2012 at A,T,&T Park. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The Tigers mounted a threat in the in the top of the second when Prince Fielder was hit by a Bumgarner pitch to start the inning.  Delmon Young followed with a ringing double down into the left field corner.  To my surprise, Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont waved the lumbering Fielder around third and sent him home, only to be tagged out by the Giants All-Star catcher, Buster Posey.

The Giants Buster Posey makes a fine sweep tag to nail the Tigers Prince Fielder at home plate in the second inning of Game Two of the 2012 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

To Fielders credit, it was a bang-bang play, but to me it seemed like the Tigers were desperate to get a run on the board and put the pressure on the Giants early in Game Two, and it backfired.

Prince Fielder argues briefly with home plate umpire Dan Iassogna after Fielder was called out at the plate in the second inning of Game Two of the 2012 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

The game remained scoreless until the seventh inning, when the Giants plated the first run of the ballgame on a double play ground out by Brandon Crawford.  The key to the inning, however, was Gregor Blanco’s sacrifice bunt attempt which stalled inches from the foul line to load the bases, setting up Crawford’s run producing double play grounder.

Alex Avila and Miguel Cabrera can only watch as Gregor Blanco's bunt dies inches from the foul line to load the bases and set the stage for Brandon Crawford's run producing double play grounder during the seventh inning of Game Two of the 2012 World Series. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

My photo position for Game Two was in the near third base outside photo well, where I had a clear shot into the Giants dugout.  I could have shot exclusively into the dugout for innings! Brian Wilson kept things lively all night, to say the least.

The Giants Brian Wilson helped keep the Giants dugout loose all night long during Game Two. (Photo by Ron Vesely)

Even under the pressure of playing in a World Series, it’s great to see that the players find opportunities to have fun themselves.

Miguel Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval have a little fun during a pitching change in the eighth inning of Game Two. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos)

With the Giants clinging on to a 2-0 lead, it was time for Sergio Romo to close it out, and that he did.  Romo has been stellar in the closer roll during the postseason, always smiling and seemingly, from my brief experiences while working around him, a fun guy to boot!  He seems to have successfully taken over for Brian Wilson not only as closer but as “Ambassador of Fun” for the Giants.

The Giants Sergio Romo reacts after closing out Game Two of the 2012 World Series, giving the Giants a two games to none lead in their best of seven tilt against the Tigers at A,T &T Park on October 25, 2012.

Fun, indeed, is what Giant fans must be feeling as the Series heads to Motown on Saturday night.

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