Thursday Night Lights Shine on Giants in World Series Game 2 (and yet again the Chicago Bears)

The San Francisco Giants descended from superlatives to simply win Game 2 by playing their game.  The 2-0 victory was led by Madison Bumgarner’s rock solid pitching as he went 7 innings, allowed 2 hits and fanned 8.  His win was solidified by the best bullpen in baseball while the defense was impenetrable throughout, as highlighted by the relay throw to get Prince Fielder out at the plate that would have given the Tigers its first lead of the series.  The Giants’ classic “small ball” was on display as only 1 RBI was recorded on a sacrifice fly in the 9th by Hunter Pence. The Giants victory marks an end to a mini-streak during which they scored 5 or more runs in each of the last 4 games, but the lower scoring game is more typically the Giant’s comfort zone.

At this point, Detroit is looking to notch a win simply to avoid embarrassment.  Giants’ Ace Matt Cain is scheduled to start Game 3 and Tim Lincecum more than capable of coming out of the bullpen, so there’s the possibility of a short series as San Francisco stands to garner 2 World Series trophies over a span of 3 years.  There will be talk of the Giants as potentially the team of the young decade.

The night was not only about the Giants’ fortunes.  The Chicago Bears keep winning just by watching games on the big screen. Their main threat to the divisional championship, the Minnesota Vikings, were blown out at home by the Bucs and fell to 5-3 on the season. Greg Schiano’s defense caused havoc all night forcing Christian Ponder off his game and All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson fumbled during a crucial stretch in the game. On the other side of the ball Doug Martin, the rookie tailback out of Boise State, had a career night amassing 100 yards in the first half  and over 200 all-purpose yards with 2 touchdowns. At this rate the Bears should have the North wrapped up just as I’m tucking into my Thanksgiving vittles.

It’s tough to avoid over-emphacizing Chicago’s dominant position at this point in the season.  The Bears have everything going for them  right now and their schedule is so favorable that I’m already on the phone with brokers for ticket prices for wild card or divisional weekend games.

Madison “Mad Bum” Bumgarner (23 Hudson, NC) was dominant in his first World Series start as he kept the Tigers off balance in leading his team to a 2-0 series lead