Sunday, October 28, 2012

Giants Up 3-0

Romo and the Giants are one win away from another championship
Game 3 of the World Series was played in a different location than Game 2, but had the same result. The San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0, blanking Motown's mashers yet again and moving within one win of their second World Series title in three years.

This time around, San Francisco grabbed an early lead and never looked back. They scored twice in the top of the second on Gregor Blanco's RBI triple and Brandon Crawford's RBI single. Sanchez settled down after that and lasted seven strong innings in his World Series debut, but it was not enough to prevent the Tigers from falling into a 3-0 hole.

Ryan Vogelsong continued his dominant playoff run by twirling 5.2 shutout innings, lowering his postseason ERA to a sparkling 1.09. It wasn't his best start considering he walked more batters than he struck out and allowed nine Tigers to reach base, but he neutralized scoring threats in the first and third innings by getting Prince Fielder and Quintin Berry to bounce into inning-ending double plays. Bruce Bochy removed his 35 year-old starter from the game after he walked Andy Dirks/crossed the 100 pitch barrier. Bochy, taking no chances with a 2-0 lead, brought in Tim Lincecum, who once again bridged the gap to Sergio Romo in the ninth by recording seven crucial outs.

The Tigers had their chances, but failed to come up with any big hits and left nine men on base. After being blanked just twice all season long, Detroit has now failed to score in consecutive games. They've scored just three runs in this series, and their inability to produce has wasted great starts from Sanchez and Doug Fister. The heart of the order--Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, and Delmon Young--need to show up if Detroit wants to have any chance of staging a comeback in this series.

San Francisco sends their ace Matt Cain to the bump tonight as they try to finish off the sweep. The Tigers are counting on Max Scherzer to sustain his success; the hard-throwing righty has fanned 18 while allowing just five hits and one earned run in eleven innings this postseason.

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