Detroit, MI – The San Francisco Giants' pitchers keep getting the best of the Detroit Tigers' hitters during this World Series, with the National League champions working on a shutout while holding a 2-0 lead after six innings of Game 3.
The Tigers mustered just three runs and 10 hits in dropping the first two matchups of the Fall Classic, both of which were held in San Francisco, but haven't fared any better so far as the series shifted back to Detroit. They've recorded five hits and four walks against the combination of Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum, but have stranded seven baserunners and gone 0-for-4 with men in scoring position.
Vogelsong threw the first 5 2/3 innings before being removed after a two-out walk to Andy Dirks, with Lincecum coming on to retire Delmon Young and keep the Tigers off the board.
San Francisco's only runs off Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez, who's struck out seven through the first six frames, came in the top of the second.
Hunter Pence drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a stolen base followed by a wild pitch, then crossed the plate when Gregor Blanco smacked a triple into the gap in right-center field. Two batters later, Brandon Crawford delivered a single to center field that brought home Blanco for a 2-0 advantage.
Detroit put runners on first and second with one out in both the bottom of the first and third, but Vogelsong induced double-play grounders to Prince Fielder and Quintin Berry, respectively, to end each threat.
The Tigers would later load the bases with one out in the fifth on consecutive singles by Omar Infante and Austin Jackson and a free pass to Austin Jackson, but again came away empty. Vogelsong struck out Berry before getting AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to pop up for the final out.