The Giants shutout Detroit for a second straight game, beating the Tigers, 2-0, Saturday night at Comerica Park in Detroit. The victory handed San Francisco a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, putting the Giants in position to potentially win their second World Series title in the last three years when the teams play Sunday night.
All 23 of the previous teams to have claimed 3-0 leads in the World Series have gone on to claim the championship. San Francisco will send Matt Cain to the mound Sunday, with Detroit starting Max Scherzer.
Leading the way this time for the Giants were starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and reliever Tim Lincecum. Vogelsong allowing no runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings before giving way to Lincecum, who only gave up on walk while striking three in 2 1/3 innings. Sergio Romo retired all three batters he faced in the ninth inning for the save.
The Giants have now won six straight postseason games, outscoring their opponents 32-4, with their pitchers also totaling a 0.47 ERA during the stretch.
Perhaps the biggest test for the San Francisco pitchers Saturday came when Vogelsong loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning. The Giants' starter bore down to strikeout Quintin Berry before inducing a pop-up to shortstop by American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.
The Giants scored both of their runs in the second inning against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez, with Hunter Pence coming in on a Gregor Blanco triple and Blanco scoring when Brandon Crawford singled.
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