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Giants blank Tigers in second straight game, move within one win of World Series championship

Oct 27, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

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Giants righty Ryan Vogelsong wasn’t especially sharp, allowing five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings, but he kept the Tigers scoreless and his bullpen continued that pattern of zeroes as San Francisco won Game 3 of the World Series 2-0 on Saturday in Detroit to take a 3-0 Fall Classic lead.

Tim Lincecum was again dominant in mid-relief, yielding no hits and fanning three in 2 1/3 innings before handing the ball over to Sergio Romo for the save. Lincecum now has a stellar 0.69 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 13 innings as a reliever this postseason.

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez had one shaky inning but was otherwise good, surrendering only two runs in seven total frames while punching out eight and walking only one. But his offense was of no help.

Miguel Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years and the likely American League MVP, finished 1-for-4 and left three runners on base. He’s batting just .267 with a .765 OPS in these playoffs. Prince Fielder was also listless, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while watching his postseason slash line plummet to .188/.250/.250. The big man has just one home run and three RBI since the playoffs began.

In all, the Tigers left 14 runners on base. And they weren’t able to manage a single extra-base hit.

As the Detroit batting order continued to sputter, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval padded his World Series MVP case with a double and a single. He’s two hits shy of the all-time postseason hits record, shared by David Freese (2011), Darin Erstad (2002) and Marquis Grissom (1995).

San Francisco can win it all on Sunday night when Matt Cain duels the Tigers’ Max Scherzer.

  1. sailcat54 - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Dare I say it? SWEEP!

    • sailcat54 - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Well done Vogelsong and special thanks to Lincecum for giving an outstanding performance in relief! A bit tip o’ the hat to Romo, too, for a one-two-three ninth!

      Sanchez, Benoit, and Coke pitched a good game, too, giving up only seven hits and one base on balls for the entire game! That’s good pitching!

      It was a good game and I’m looking forward to Sunday’s game!

    • polegojim - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      NO SIR… you most certainly DARE NOT!!!

      • protius - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM


  2. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    It ain’t over til it’s over but hopefully it’ll be over on Sunday!

    Go Giants!

  3. Old Gator - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Just incredible – equally the Giant’s pitching and the implosion of the Detroit offense. I just don’t get it, but in nearly sixty years of watching this game it never ceases to yield shock and surprise. Wow.

    • polegojim - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Yes Gator… but I KNEW we should have never have played those damn Yankees… whatever illness they had, it’s freaking contagious!

      Prince WHO? .188 – seriously??? To be fair… Prince deserves some of the criticism A-Rod got… but A-Rod has just about PERFECTED the ‘post season submarine’ move.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:02 AM

        The Giants announcers just gave some stats (I haven’t fact checked them) saying SF has won the last six straight with an aggregate score of 32-4! That is double-tough!

        In any case, with Cain starting tomorrow and with Casilla, Affeldt, and Romo in reserve, all the Gigantes need are some timely hitting from their bats and they will be in a strong position!

      • sailcat54 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        I double checked the stats and they are accurate:

        Oct 19; Giants 5, Cards 0
        Oct 21; Giants 6, Cards 1
        Oct 22; Giants 9, Cards 0
        Oct 24; Giants 8, Tigers 3
        Oct 25; Giants 2, Tigers 0
        Oct 27; Giants 2, Tigers 0

        Clearly, the Giants are winning through dominate pitching.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:32 AM


  4. randygnyc - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I have a ton of respect for Verlander and I love Leyland, but I can’t root for a team that employes and embraces a known bigoted anti-Semite. As an American league guy, I always root for the AL (except when involving the red sox). I’m pulling for the giants. Wish I wasn’t forced into it.

    • polegojim - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:58 PM

      He’s one guy Ray… one guy. And NOBODY embraced his stupidity.

      You think SanFran has no creeps or jerks???

      C’Mon man… you must simply see the decent guys beyond them.

      Go TIGERS… win 4 in a row…

      • protius - Oct 28, 2012 at 5:28 AM


      • polegojim - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        PS Randy – my point is only that Young’s error is not representative of the Tigers, nor Detroit.

        He’s a player with a contract.

  5. lazlosother - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Didn’t expect this series to be a blowout. At the same time I didn’t expect the Gigantes to be so dominant. Good show SF. Extremely impressive.

  6. samurai3939 - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Ha! Where are all the tiggers fans who were making fun of the Yankees offense a couple weeks ago???

    • polegojim - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

      We’re right here making fun of the Tigers offense… we haven’t gone anywhere.

  7. gaykegayden - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    James Harden was traded to the Rockets and Kurt Helin is in snooze mode. I’m on HBT so point proven.

  8. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Did the Yankees steal the Tigers bats on there way out of town? SF pitchers have had Detroits number! They continue to get the breaks and shut down the 3,4 and 5

  9. nomorsacbball - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Giants pitching: first back to back shutouts in the ws since ’66. amazing

  10. APBA Guy - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    I don’t have Gator’s seniority, but this series is reminding me a lot of the 1966 O’s/Dodgers series, 4-0 sweep by the O’s. The last 3 games were shutouts. Complete game shutouts, by Jim Palmer, Wally Bunker and Dave “McLucky” McNally. The last two were 1-0 wins.

    The Giants’ pitching is looking almost that good through 3 games.

    • natstowngreg - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:23 AM

      The ’66 Series was shocking. The Orioles’ kid rotation of McNally (24), Bunker (21), and Palmer (20) beating the defending champion Dodgers’ Koufax, Drysdale and Osteen. In games 2, 3, and 4 combined, they allowed no runs and 11 hits.

  11. sisqsage - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Lincecum has a totally different role then in 2010, but is just as dominant. Blanco and Sandoval are new contributors to this WS.
    The constant in all of this is one Bruce Bochy. What a manager. One more win and he can punch a ticket to the Hall of Fame.

  12. Brinke - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Unreal. In the WS…2 shutouts. In the NLCS…2 shutouts. In the NLDS…1 shutout.
    FIVE shutouts in the postseason.

    In MLB history—-no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit.
    I’m liking our chances.

    • gibbstastic - Oct 28, 2012 at 8:03 AM

      “In MLB history—-no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit.
      I’m liking our chances.”


      I think the ’04 Red Sox would agrue with that statement.

      • pw38 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        He left out the World Series part. No WS team has come back from down 3-0.

  13. nomorsacbball - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    so do we have to hear how great a pitcher scherzer is for the next 24hrs, like we have the other 3 Detroit starters?

    • TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:16 AM

      hear, hear! We’re going to raising Cain tomorrow!

      • TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:17 AM

        *going to be raising Cain tomorrow!

    • ptfu - Oct 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      Aside from Game 1, Detroit pitching has not really been the problem for Motown. Fister and Anibal both pitched well, certainly good enough efforts to win with any amount of run support. Scherzer could pitch as well as them–he’s had a very nice season–and it won’t make a lick of difference if the Tiger bats don’t wake up.

  14. nghtrder169 - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Brinke – as a Yankee fan I can not forget the 2004 Red Sox coming back from 0-3 to beat the Yankees.

  15. blabidibla - Oct 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    I live in LA. Last night I went to a Halloween party dressed as a Dodger fan’s worst nightmare…

    A Giants fan on the cusp of a World Series Championship!

    • sailcat54 - Oct 28, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      I pity the Dodger fans in the crowd! The horror! The horror!

      Go Giants!!

  16. pw38 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    It’s like a repeat of 2010 all over again except even more dominance. At least the Rangers won a game that series, come on Detroit, don’t lay an egg like this. At least make this a half way decent WS.

  17. TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    It would really top off Cain’s season to do something special today.

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