Leesburg native and Giants star catcher Buster Posey hugs closer Sergio Romo (54) following Thursday night’s 2-0 win in Game 2 of the World Series by San Francisco against the Detroit Tigers, giving the Giants a commanding 2-0 lead. The series now shifts to Detroit for the next three games, beginning with tonight’s Game 3. Posey, the NL batting champ, has notched a hit in both games so far.
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WHO: San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers.
WHAT: World Series, Game 3.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today.
SERIES: Giants lead, 2-0.
DETROIT — There’s plenty of credit to go around when it relates to the Tigers’ cold spell at the plate in the first two games of the World Series, which have amounted to a total of just three runs.
But most start with Buster Posey.
The San Francisco Giants’ star catcher and Leesburg native is making his biggest impact so far in the series with the pitches he’s calling, keeping Detroit hitters off balance and leading the Giants to a commanding 2-0 lead heading into tonight’s Game 3 at Comerica Park. The next three games will be played in Detroit.
But if Posey and the Giants’ pitching staff continue to keep the Tigers’ bats at bay, tonight could be a do-or-die for Detroit.
Anibal Sanchez will be starting for Detroit against Ryan Vogelsong, who — like the rest of the Giants — marveled at the two-hit performance Posey helped call Thursday in Game 2 with starter Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner had been struggling, giving up 10 earned runs in two playoff starts before Thursday.
“To get a guy through a game like that, a guy who’s scuffling, it shows the character Buster’s got,” Giants bullpen catcher Bill Hayes, who doubles as the catchers’ coach, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Typically, when you’re with a guy who’s scuffled, you’re putting fingers down and don’t know what’s coming. But Buster gets a good feel in the bullpen.
“When (Buster) crosses the white line, he’s making some pretty good calls on guys who are part of a pretty potent offense ... He’s being creative is what he’s doing.”
Posey, the NL batting champ who hit .336 during the regular season, is having a better World Series compared to the first two rounds of the playoffs when he hit just .178. Through two games against Detroit, Posey has three hits.
And his teammates have taken notice of his contributions across the board.
“I still say it. He’s the man,” outfielder Angel Pagan told the newspaper.
The Tigers just wish he’d be less of “the man” for one night.
Something better change for Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and the Tigers real soon or their year is going to end real shortly. The Tigers are hoping that a switch in scenery — the ivy hanging on the center-field backdrop at Comerica has turned to autumn colors since the AL Championship Series — and a flip in pitchers might help.
“Sometimes you can’t explain it,” Tigers catcher Alex Avila said before a workout Friday.
The Tigers will see Vogelsong, followed by fellow right-hander Matt Cain in Game 4.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland plans to insert speedy rookie Quintin Berry and Andy Dirks in his outfield.
No mistaking that the Series has shifted from California to Michigan.
In San Francisco, it was downright balmy in the 60s, and made for a pair of picture-perfect settings to play ball.
At Comerica, it was in the mid-40s and the lights were turned on while the Tigers worked out. The forecast was for Game 3 was for temperatures to drop into the upper 30s in the later innings.
“We have got heaters in the dugout for both teams, obviously. Ours is going to be a little warmer than theirs, I think, tomorrow night,” Leyland said. “But that’s all right. We’re not going to tell them that. I’m just kidding.”
“You know what? It’s cold, but I mean this is the World Series. It’s cold for everybody. It’s cold for the fans, the beer is cold, everything is cold. It’s great. Enjoy it.”
While the Tigers have lost five straight World Series games dating to 2006 against St. Louis, they’ve also won five postseason home games in a row. Detroit began that string last year in the ALCS, took two against Oakland this year in the division series and then finished off an ALCS sweep of the Yankees.
Overall, the Tigers have taken eight straight at home.
“I think a lot of teams, your really good teams, they dominate at home. That’s what they do — the Cardinals, the Reds, they were really tough at home,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
“We ended up having a pretty good home record, despite having some struggles there in September or late August. But it’s a team that feeds on probably their home crowd, and they’re more comfortable at home, and that’s usually the case in baseball. But this certainly is a club that we know is playing very well here.”