June 19, 2013
Baseball: Giants silence Tigers to lead World Series 3-0
The San Francisco Giants rode another virtuoso pitching performance to blank the Detroit Tigers 2-0 and move within one victory of their second World Series title in three years.
San Francisco have a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and can claim the championship with a victory at Detroit's Comerica Park on Sunday.
"It's a good situation, but there's nothing been done yet," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "It's a number, just like I said about two. Now it's three. But that's not the series.
"So you have to keep going about your business as usual."
Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong allowed the Tigers just five singles over 5 2/3 innings before giving way to relievers Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo, who did not surrender a hit.
The Giants scored both of their runs in the second inning on an RBI triple by Gregor Blanco and a run-scoring single by Brandon Crawford.
Those early runs drained the enthusiasm from a sellout crowd of 42,262 desperate to see the Tigers make a move in their bid to capture their first championship since 1984.
Defeat left Detroit, shut out in the last two games, on the ropes and manager Jim Leyland said there would be no pre-game motivational speeches for his team on Sunday.
"They can count," said Leyland. "We know they're down three games to zero, there's no secret formula or message for them. They're big guys, they know what the situation is, and they know we have to come out tomorrow and obviously win a game.
"It starts with that. You don't think about the four, you think about one, and that's basically what we were thinking about tonight."
Vogelsong, who has been magnificent in the postseason, was aided by two inning-ending double plays in the first three innings.
Then in the fifth, the Tigers had the bases loaded with one out but Quintin Berry struck out and Vogelsong got Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to pop out to short.
Cabrera this year captured the first Triple Crown in the majors since 1967 but the 29-year-old seven-time All-Star has just two hits and one RBI in the series.