The Giants are 4-0 in World Series after winning Games 1 and 2. They did so in 1922, '33, '54 and 2010. Overall, teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in the World Series have won 78.8 percent of the time. The 1996 Braves were the last club to win the first two games and lose the Fall Classic -- to the Yankees in six games.
The Tigers have lost the only two World Series they have trailed 0-2 -- in 1907 and '08, both against the Cubs.
Thursday marked the first time that a team used a ground-ball double play to take the lead of a World Series game in the seventh inning or later.
|2011||Rangers||Giants in 5|
|1954||Cardinals||Giants in 4|
|1933||Senators||Giants in 5|
|1922||Yankees||Giants in 4|
San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner set a postseason career high with eight strikeouts.
Thursday was Bumgarner's second career World Series start and the second time he threw at least seven shutout innings with at least six strikeouts. The only other four pitchers to throw consecutive shutout performances of at least seven innings with six strikeouts or more in the Fall Classic are Christy Mathewson (1905), Bill Hallahan (1930-31), Don Larsen (1956-58) and Sandy Koufax (1965).
Shut out in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Athletics and in Game 2 of the World Series, the Tigers have now been shut out as many times in the postseason as they were in the regular season. They were held without a run the fewest times in the Major Leagues during the regular season.
Bumgarner has started his World Series career by throwing 15 scoreless frames. That's tied for the fourth-longest streak in Major League history, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Mathewson holds the record with 28 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Tigers recorded only two hits in Game 2, the 28th time that has happened in World Series history. The Cardinals also had only two hits in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series. Prior to that game, the last time a team managed only two hits in the Fall Classic was the Braves in Game 1 of the 1999 World Series.
Game 2 marked only the second time in Tigers history that Detroit managed no more than two hits in a World Series game. The other occurrence came in Game 3 of the 1945 World Series, when the Tigers recorded only one hit against the Cubs.
The two hits the Giants allowed in Game 2 were the fewest in franchise World Series history. San Francisco's previous low was three hits allowed (five times), with the most recent two coming in Games 4 and 5 of the 2010 World Series against the Rangers.
Most World Series wins
|New York Yankees||134|
|St. Louis Cardinals||56|
|New York/San Francisco Giants||51|
|Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers||45|
Coincidentally, in 2010, the last time the Giants won the World Series, they took a 2-0 series lead by shutting out the Rangers, 9-0, at AT&T Park.
San Francisco's Marco Scutaro snapped his 11-game postseason hitting streak in Game 2. It goes down in the books as a franchise record for a single postseason.
Since 2000, only four southpaws aside from Bumgarner have had a World Series performance with eight or more strikeouts. The Mets' Al Leiter struck out nine in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series, Randy Johnson punched out 11 for the Diamondbacks in Game 2 in 2001 and Andy Pettitte recorded eight in the same game. In Game 1 of the 2009 World Series, Cliff Lee struck out 10 in a Phillies win.
San Francisco's Buster Posey, the likely National League MVP Award winner this year, has at least one hit in each of his seven career World Series games.
Miguel Cabrera has reached base in each of his 22 postseason games with the Tigers, a franchise record.
Despite collecting the loss in Game 2, Tigers starter Doug Fister has allowed just three runs on 16 hits in three starts this postseason, good for a 1.40 ERA.
Mike Fiammetta and Jake Kaplan are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.