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San Francisco just a win away

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



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"It is what it is," Fielder said.

The fearsome Tigers have totaled a mere three runs and 15 hits while hitting .165 in three games, and were shut out twice in a row for the first time since April 2008.

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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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Only one team in baseball history has overcome a 3-0 deficit in the postseason, with Boston doing it in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees.

"Well, you don’t really have to tell them anything. They can count," Leyland said. "They’re big guys, they know what the situation is."

For the Tigers, it was the sixth straight Series loss dating to 2006 against St. Louis. They got a fine effort from pitcher Anibal Sanchez this time, but it wasn’t enough against these Giants.

It was 47 degrees at gametime, a drop of 17 from Thursday night at AT&T Park, and the Tigers clearly knew this was their chance to pull back into the Series.

Soon enough, Game 3 took on a familiar look.

During the Giants’ early two-run burst, Detroit’s body language said all you needed to know about this Series. At one point in-between pitches, Cabrera put his hands on his hips at third base, shortstop Jhonny Peralta scuffed the dirt, second baseman Omar Infante turned his back to the infield, Fielder stared down at first.

A losing posture, plain and simple.

The Comerica crowd, so pumped earlier in the postseason, quickly fell silent. Desperate to cheer for anything, the fans hollered for a long, albeit routine, flyout by Delmon Young.


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Detroit grounded into the most double plays in the majors this year, and two slick turns by Crawford at shortstop added to the Tigers’ total.

Both DPs came with two on and one out, by Fielder in the first and the speedy rookie Berry in the third. Berry put both hands on his batting helmet as he zoomed well past the base, running out his frustration.

Working on 12 days’ rest, Sanchez may have been the latest Detroit player to be caught in the Rust Belt, at least in the second inning. That’s when he constantly overthrew his fastball and did not resemble the pitcher who had made two sharp starts this postseason.

The San Francisco hitters also were amply familiar with Sanchez. This was the fourth time he had matched up with Vogelsong in the last two years — Sanchez twice won duels, then lost a slugfest.

Hunter Pence, who scored one run and drove in the other during a 2-0 win in Game 2, drew a four-pitch walk to begin the second. It was a telling sign — Sanchez had not walked a right-handed batter since August.

Pence stole second, took third on a wild pitch and, with the Tigers’ infield playing in, trotted home when Blanco tripled off the wall in right. Crawford looped an RBI single with two outs for a 2-0 lead, and Rick Porcello began warming up in the Detroit bullpen.

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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