Yes, the Tigers are down two games to none in the World Series.
No, this isn’t the first time this Tiger team has been declared dead, only to prove the doubters wrong.
No, a 2-0 series lead certainly isn’t insurmountable, by any means.
Fister gave the Tigers a chance to win, and if not for an overly aggressive send by Gene Lamont in the second inning, the Tigers might have found a way to win the game.
I won’t tell you that it certainly doesn’t look good and that the odds aren’t in the Tigers’ favor. We know what the Tigers are up against.
It’s hard to find positives right now, but perhaps the biggest, most important one is this: the Tigers have the next three games at home. It’ll certainly be tough—the Giants are sending out their two best pitchers in Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong—but the Tigers are a different team at home. Maybe they’ll even remember where they stashed the offense.
- Doug Fister took a comebacker off the back of his head that went into center field for a base hit, but stayed in the game. Dombrowski said they ran all the necessary tests and Fister checked out fine.
- Fister went 6+ innings, while allowing four hits, one run and striking out three. He took the loss.
- Drew Smyly struggled with his command in his 1.1 IP of work, although it appeared he might have been squeezed a bit by home plate ump, Dan Iassogna. Smyly was charged with three walks and an earned run. He also allowed his inherited runner to score.
- Octavio Dotel was a bit shaky as well. He pitched a third of an inning, allowed a walk, and gave up his inherited runner on a sac fly.
- Phil Coke finished off the eighth inning by striking out the only batter he faced.
- The Tigers were held to only two hits, the lowest hit total in a World Series game since they were one-hit in game 1 of the 1945 World Series against the Cubs.
- The first two games of this World Series, in gif form:
- I originally just wanted to post that gif as my game recap, but common sense prevailed.
- Enjoy the day off.