Detroit's hitting woes continue against Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum, who has become an unlikely star middle reliever for the Giants.
DETROIT — Even Bruce Bochy has to grudgingly admit that his San Francisco Giants are on a World Series roll.
“I’ll say this: The club is playing well,” the manager said.
Well enough to become the first team to throw consecutive Series shutouts in nearly a half-century.
Well enough to blank Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on a chilly Saturday night for a commanding 3-0 lead.
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Well enough to win their franchise-record sixth straight postseason game without trailing in any of them.
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, let alone win a game.
“I think confidence is the biggest thing,” Lincecum, the former Liberty High and UW standout, said.
The ace of the staff when the Giants won the World Series two years ago, Lincecum has become baseball’s most distinguished middle reliever.
Following his surprising seasonlong slump, San Francisco dropped Lincecum from its World Series rotation. Given the chance to pitch in relief, he’s thrown 4-2/3 hitless innings, including 2-1/3 Saturday, against the Tigers. After Vogelsong induced two early double plays and got out of a fifth-inning jam, Lincecum came on with two outs in the sixth and shut down the Tigers.
“The second we got that ring, it’s like that taste for that next ring is just sitting right in your mouth the whole time,” Lincecum said before stopping himself. “That sounds terrible. Let me rephrase that. It just leaves you wanting it even more, and if that means being a good teammate or being in the bullpen, I really don’t care. I just want to win.”
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.
The Giants will turn to 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.
“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 handed Detroit its first home loss in more than a month. The Tigers were coming off a sweep of the Yankees in the AL Championship Series.
“We’re not forcing anything, we’re just not getting it done,” Tigers star Prince Fielder said.
Vogelsong improved to 3-0 with a 1.09 earned-run average in four starts this postseason.
“I knew my stuff was pretty good,” Vogelsong said. “I was really pumped up to be out there.”
|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). RBI — 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.
|Vogelsong W, 1-0||5-2/3||5||0||0||4||3||0.00|
|Lincecum H, 1||2-1/3||0||0||0||1||3||0.00|
|Romo S, 2||1||0||0||0||0||1||0.00|
|A.Sanchez L, 0-1||7||6||2||2||1||8||2.57|
Pitches — Vogelsong 104, Lincecum 32, Romo 17, A.Sanchez 117, Benoit 14, Coke 14. 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.