With Tigers right-hander Anibal Sánchez on the mound, Hunter Pence led off the second inning for the Giants. Pence has been slumping all month. Sánchez hadn't walked a right-handed batter in his last nine starts. So of course Sánchez walked Pence. On four pitches.
Pence stole second base while Brandon Belt was striking out looking, then moved to third when one of Sánchez's fastballs sailed past catcher Alex Avila. But those advancements seemed moot when Gregor Blanco drove a pitch to deep right-center field ...
... for an RBI triple.
No. 9 hitter Brandon Crawford came up next, and dropped a soft liner into center field for a single. Blanco scored, and Crawford reached second when Austin Jackson overran the ball and got charged with an error. Sánchez finally escaped when Ángel Pagán hit an easy grounder to Prince Fielder. That was Sánchez's 31st pitch in the inning.
We're on to the bottom of the second inning, the Giants are ahead 2-0 ... and the Tigers still haven't led the Giants for a single minute of this World Series.