The San Francisco Giants are one win away from the championship after suffocating the Detroit Tigers tonight in Game Three. Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum, and Sergio Romo kept the pressure on and threw the big pitches when they needed them and the Giants made an early 2-0 lead stand up. Anibal Sanchez threw six superb innings and one bad one (the 2nd) and that was all it took. The Giants also played excellent defense despite an error from Brandon Crawford on a tough play. He'd made a ridiculous stop earlier and had a huge 2-out RBI hit as well. Otherwise the outfielders ran everything down and the infielders pulled off two big 4-6-3 double plays and caught everything that came their way. The result was another shutout, the first time an AL team has been shutout back-to-back in the Series since the 1919 "Black Sox." And those guys were throwing the games! It was another brilliant effort by the orange & black--their sixth consecutive post-season win. Gregor Blanco had the other big hit, a triple to drive in Hunter Pence (who had a good night) in the fateful 2nd. He's doing it with the glove and the bat, and might have been robbed on his infield chopper. He and Pablo Sandoval (who had two hits) are the hitting stars in the Series, but who are we kidding? This Series is about pitching, pitching, and more pitching. The Giants have allowed just three runs in 27 innings, overwhelming a very good lineup with both power and guile. Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are 3-19 and have stranded a heapin' helpin' of runners in the three games. Keep it rolling, boys, keep it rolling.
Matt Cain goes tomorrow in a potential clincher.
p.s. Vogie getting Cabrera to pop up was my favorite moment--what was yours? And how about Big Time Timmy Jim? Did he look good or what?