DETROIT -- We're on the scene for Game Three as the Tigers try to get back in this series. If they lose, the Giants have ace/perfect game hurler Matt Cain going in Game Four. Yikes.
The lineups look like this with Anibal Sanchez pitching against Ryan Vogelsong:
San Francisco: Pagan, cf; Scutaro, 2b; Sandoval, 3b; Posey, c; Pence, rf; Belt, 1b; Blanco, lf; Sanchez, dh; Crawford, ss
Detroit: Jackson, cf; Berry, lf; Cabrera, 3b; Fielder, 1b; Young, dh; Dirks, rf; Peralta, ss; Avila, c; Infante, 2b.
A word on the national anthem: A spirited exchange on Twitter this afternoon about the choice of Zooey Deschanel of FOX's "New Girl". I never heard of her. I got crushed by folks (pretty funny that someone I had never heard of has 3 million-plus followers. My bad). But I hate that FOX plants singers from its shows. An Idol winner sang in Game Two and Demi Lovato goes tomorrow. It's terrible.
(As for Zooey Whoever, she had a nice voice but took waaaay too long to sing. Come on, it's Saturday night and it's cold. Pick it up).
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End-1st (0-0): It's cold here. Freezing. The temp at first-pitch was 47 degrees and the wind has to be in the 20-mph range. Huge missed chance for the Tigers as Perry walked, Cabrera bounced back from an 0-2 count to get to 2-2 and pulled a single through the left side but Fielder grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.
(Apologies as I'm told the blog wasn't posting...It should be now)
End-2nd (2-0, Giants): San Francisco gets the jump as Sanchez was all over the map in that inning. Pence led off with a walk, stole second as Belt struck out and went to third on a passed ball (Avila has to get up out of that crouch more). Blanco then cracked a triple into right-center (left) to score the game's first run. After Giants DH Hector Sanchez struck out, Brandon Crawford singled to center to center and Jackson let the ball roll by for an error. Pagan grounded out to end the inning.
End-3rd (2-0, Giants): A huge missed chance for the Tigers as Cabrera is left on deck. Things looked good with one out when Infante laced a broken-bat single and Jackson beat out a topper down the third-base line. Signs of the good luck the Giants had the first two games. That brought up Perry. One pitch. 4-6-3. Second DP of the game. Cabrera back to the dugout.
End-4th (2-0, Giants): The Tigers look dead, folks. Baseball is a 162-game season but the last few years we've really learned that a) sitting around after the LCS is a very bad thing (think '06 and '12 Tigers and '07 Rockies) and b) teams that win the World Series often get on incredibly hot runs and can't be stopped.
Think of the huge winning streaks in the postseason till by the end by the '04 Red Sox (8), '05 White Sox (8), '07 Red Sox (7). Think of how hot the '11 Cardinals were at the end and look at the Giants now.
End-5th (2-0, Giants): The Giants have now led for 50 straight innings. Yes, 50! But they needed great work from Vogelsong to keep the lead. Two hits and a walk loaded the bases for Berry. He helped immensely by swinging and fouling back a 2-1 pitch that was clearly high. At 2-2, he swung through a 91-mph fastball for strike three.
That brought the AB of the series: Vogelsong vs. Cabrera, two out bases loaded. Pitch one was a foul looped just outside the RF line. Pitch two was another 91-mph fastball popped up to Crawford at short. Cabrera spikes the bat in disgust and bangs his head at first while the Giants' dugout explodes and the crowd sits down sullenly. Cabrera (right) stunned like everyone else with the Tigers' poor offense.
End-6th (2-0, Giants): Vogelsong was lifted after a two-out walk to Dirks and Lincecum came in relief for the second straight game to get Peralta to fly out. Vogelsong throws 5 2/3 shutout innings, drops the Giants' starters' ERA to 0.49 in the series.
End-8th (2-0, Giants): Lincecum has gone 2 1/3 shutout innings with three strikeouts. Fanned Fielder and Dirks in the eighth, drawing plenty of boos from the crowd.
IT'S OVER: A 1-2-3 ninth for Romo wraps up another 2-0 win for the Giants. First back-to-back Series shutouts since the '66 Orioles. The fork is just about stuck in the Tigers. An incredible about-face after the way they dominated against the Yankees.