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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is congratulated in the dugout after leaving the game during the sixth inning of Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco just a win away

Latest dominant effort by Giants’ pitchers gives them 3-0 lead in Series.

First Published Oct 27 2012 11:10 pm • Last Updated Feb 07 2013 11:32 pm

Detroit • Nothing is stopping them — not even the Triple Crown winner at the plate with the bases loaded.

Armed and accelerating, the San Francisco Giants became the first team to throw consecutive World Series shutouts in nearly a half-century, blanking Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on a chilly Saturday night for a commanding 3-0 lead.

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Storylines Another shutout

Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo combine on a five-hit shutout as the Giants take a 3-0 Series lead.

» San Francisco throws the first consecutive shutouts in the Series since Baltimore in 1966, while Detroit is shut out twice in a row for the first time since April 2008.

» Gregor Blanco hits an RBI triple and comes home on Brandon Crawford’s single.

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"I’ll say this: The club is playing well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

No team has ever blown such a huge margin in the World Series. And with the way Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and the Giants are pitching, it seemed unlikely the Tigers would even score a run, yet alone win a game.

Gregor Blanco hit an RBI triple and trotted home on Brandon Crawford’s single in the second inning, and that was ample for the Giants. Timely hits, combined with another dominant effort on the mound and sharp defense put them close to their second title in three years.

After playing a nearly perfect Game 3, the Giants will turn to Mr. Perfect Game himself — ace Matt Cain — to try for a sweep Sunday against Max Scherzer.

At this rate, it appeared only a bailout by the San Francisco staff could help the Motor City.

Don’t count on it. Switching to an AL park, chilly weather and a crowd of towel-waving fans ready to rock didn’t slow ‘em down at all.

"Well, it’s a good situation, but there’s nothing been done yet," Bochy said. "It’s a number, just like I said about two. Now it’s three. But that’s not the Series."

The Giants won their franchise-record sixth straight postseason game, and haven’t trailed in any of them. Quite opposite for the Tigers: Coming off a sweep of the Yankees in the AL championship series, they haven’t held a lead in the Series.


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"We couldn’t get the killer hit or the killer blow," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Vogelsong, a career journeyman whose path to the World Series took a detour to Japan, improved to 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in four starts this postseason.

"I knew my stuff was pretty good," Vogelsong said. "I was really pumped up to be out there."

Vogelsong induced two early double plays, then faced his stiffest test in the fifth.

The bases were loaded with one out when Vogelsong fanned rookie Quintin Berry. That brought up Cabrera, honored on the field before the game with an actual blue-and-gold crown for his Triple Crown accomplishments.

With the fans chanting "M-V-P!" and likely sensing the whole Series was riding on this at-bat, Vogelsong seemed completely calm while chewing gum. He won the matchup, too, getting an easy popup that prompted Cabrera to slam his bat to the ground and elicited cheers in the San Francisco dugout.

Lincecum took over with two outs in the sixth, and the two-time reliever looked as if he had been coming out of the bullpen his whole life and shut down the Tigers.

Closer Sergio Romo finished off the combined five-hitter with his second save of the Series.

Blanco punctuated the ninth inning with his latest fancy grab, a sprinting catch into foul territory in left field.

Combined with Madison Bumgarner’s effort in Game 2, San Francisco threw the first consecutive shutouts in the Series since Baltimore in 1966, when Jim Palmer, Wally Bunker and Dave McNally did the trick to finish off the Dodgers.

Shut out only twice all year, the Tigers once again looked lost at the plate. When fan favorite Prince Fielder struck out in the eighth, some boos bounced around Comerica Park. Big hitters with teeny numbers, Cabrera and Fielder are a combined 3 for 19 against the Giants.

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Giants 2, Tigers 0

San Francisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Pagan cf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .182

Scutaro 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .167

Sandoval 3b 4 0 2 0 0 0 .636

Arias 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---

Posey c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .273

Pence rf 3 1 2 0 1 0 .300

Belt 1b 4 0 0 0 0 3 .000

G.Blanco lf 4 1 1 1 0 1 .273

H.Sanchez dh 4 0 0 0 0 3 .000

B.Crawford ss 3 0 2 1 0 1 .222

Totals 34 2 7 2 1 12

Detroit AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

A.Jackson cf 2 0 1 0 2 0 .333

Berry lf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .000

Mi.Cabrera 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .222

Fielder 1b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .100

D.Young dh 3 0 0 0 1 0 .300

Dirks rf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000

Jh.Peralta ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 .091

Avila c 4 0 1 0 0 1 .143

Infante 2b 4 0 2 0 0 1 .333

Totals 31 0 5 0 5 7

San Francisco 020 000 000 — 2 7 1

Detroit 000 000 000 — 0 5 1

E—B.Crawford (1), A.Jackson (1).

LOB—San Francisco 6, Detroit 9. 2B—Sandoval (1). 3B—G.Blanco (1). RBIs—G.Blanco (1), B.Crawford (1). SB—Pence (1), B.Crawford (1).

Runners left in scoring position—San Francisco 3 (Pagan 2, Pence) Detroit 4 (Fielder, Berry, Mi.Cabrera 2). RISP—San Francisco 2 for 7 Detroit 0 for 4.

GIDP—Berry, Fielder.

DP—San Francisco 2 (Scutaro, B.Crawford, Belt), (Scutaro, B.Crawford, Belt).

San Francisco IP H R ER BB SO ERA

Vogelsong W, 1-0

52⁄3 5 0 0 4 3 0.00

Lincecum 21⁄3 0 0 0 1 3 0.00

Romo S, 2-2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00

Detroit IP H R ER BB SO ERA

A.Sanchez L, 0-1

7 6 2 2 1 8 2.57

Benoit 1 1 0 0 0 1 0.00

Coke 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.00

Inherited runners-scored—Lincecum 1-0. WP—A.Sanchez.

Umpires—Home, Fieldin Culbreth First, Brian O’Nora Second, Brian Gorman Third, Joe West Right, Dan Iassogna Left, Gerry Davis.

T—3:25. A—42,262 (41,255).



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