By MIKE FITZPATRICK, Associated Press
That's it. The final score is Giants 2, Tigers 0 for the second consecutive game in this World Series.
On the strength of nearly flawless pitching, San Francisco has a 3-0 lead and can wrap up a four-game sweep for its second championship in three years Sunday night at Comerica Park.
Giants ace Matt Cain faces Max Scherzer in Game 4.
Gregor Blanco made another splendid play in left field to start the ninth inning, racing into foul territory to make a difficult catch on Jhonny Peralta's deep drive.
Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and the Tigers were shut out twice all season. Now twice in a row in the World Series.
After getting 2 1-3 hitless innings of relief from Tim Lincecum, the Giants are handing the ball to closer Sergio Romo in the ninth. He's trying to nail down a 2-0 win over Detroit for a commanding 3-0 lead in the World Series.
The bottom three in the lineup is due up for Detroit.
The Giants still lead 2-0 heading to the ninth inning.
The last time the Tigers were shut out in consecutive games was April 12-13, 2008, at the Chicago White Sox, according to STATS LLC. The last time Detroit was blanked twice in a row in a single postseason was Games 4 and 5 of the 1908 World Series by the Cubs.
The Giants are three outs from becoming the first team since the 1966 Baltimore Orioles (against the Los Angeles Dodgers) to throw consecutive shutouts in the World Series. The last NL team was the 1919 Cincinnati Reds (who probably had some help against the infamous Black Sox).
Tough luck for Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who allowed two runs over seven innings. He weathered a difficult second inning but hung in there.
FOX says Sanchez had the second-lowest run support in the majors this year (including his time with the Marlins). He had received two runs or fewer in 23 of 34 starts this season (including tonight).
Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong was lifted with two outs in the sixth, after 104 pitches and his fourth walk of the game.
Tim Lincecum retired Jhonny Peralta on a flyball to end the inning with San Francisco ahead 2-0.
Vogelsong has allowed one run or less in seven straight starts dating to the regular season. He joined Blue Moon Odom (1972) and Burt Hooton (1981) as the only pitches to make four straight starts in one postseason without yielding more than one run.
You get the feeling the Tigers are never going to get a big hit in this World Series.
They loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but rookie Quintin Berry struck out swinging at a letter-high fastball. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, a .416 career hitter with the bases loaded, got jammed by Ryan Vogelsong and popped out to shortstop.
Excellent clutch pitching by Vogelsong, who really hit his spots. He stayed up and away against Berry and went inside on Cabrera's hands.
Giants players raised their arms in the dugout. Starting to taste it, perhaps.
Detroit is 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position tonight and 1 for 11 in the Series.
Perhaps the biggest mistake Vogelsong made came on a 3-1 fastball right down the middle to Austin Jackson with two on. Jackson swung through it, but walked moments later.
Angel Pagan put a charge into his fifth-inning drive but Austin Jackson ran it down in deep center. A lot of room out there in spacious Comerica Park.
Wonder if that ball might have had a chance to go out on a warmer night.
Jackson nearly dropped it, but hung onto the ball with the heel of his glove.
Couple other interesting stats:
Anibal Sanchez had faced 95 straight right-handed batters without issuing a walk before Hunter Pence's four-pitch free pass to start the second inning, according to STATS LLC.
Detroit grounded into a pair of inning-ending double plays during the first three innings tonight. The Tigers led the majors in that category this season, grounding into 156 twin killings.
The Tigers didn't trail in the ALCS. They haven't led during the World Series.
The Giants, on the other hand, haven't trailed in their last 49 innings going back to the start of Game 5 in the NLCS against St. Louis.