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Live from Chilly Comerica: It's Tigers-Giants Game Four

DETROIT -- The Giants waited 52 years to win their first World Series title since moving out West. They might only wait two to take their second. They have a 3-0 lead heading into tonight's game at chilly Comerica Park. Follow here for my thoughts and updates.

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---Mike Harrington
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Mid-1st (0-0): The first from Scherzer to Pagan was taken for a called strike at 8:16 p.m. The temperature is 44 degrees, but the wind chill is making it feel like 36. Great start for Scherzer, who tossed a 1-2-3 first with strikeouts of Pagan and Sandoval, throwing eight of his 10 pitches for strikes.

End-1st (0-0): Cain needed 21 pitches for a hitless first, taking 10 before finally retiring Quinton Berry on a grounder to second. Cabrera walked with two out but Fielder fell to 1-for-11 with a strikeout. The Tigers have now gone 19 2/3 straight scoreless innings.

Mid-2nd (1-0, Giants): Is one run going to be enough? It seems like five runs the way this series has gone. Hunter Pence with a ground-rule double to deep left-center and Brandon Belt with an RBI triple to right on the next pitch. Scherzer stiffened, however, to get Blanco on a grounder to second with the infield in and a fly ball to deep right by Theriot.

Second-guess: The Tigers played the infield in to cut off a run in the second inning. Good call given their offense's struggles. Hey Jim Leyland: You should have done that in the seventh inning of Game Two when it was 0-0!!

End-2nd (1-0, Giants): Cain seems to be having a little trouble with his grip in the cold with some pitches kind of floating to the plate. He gave up a leadoff single to Young but then survived to get three straight outs. Will the Tigers ever score again?

End-3rd (2-1, Tigers): For the first time in 80 innings in the postseason, we have a lead change. For the first time in 56 innings, the Giants trail. And for the first time in the World Series, the Tigers have a lead. Maybe thank the fringes of Hurricane Sandy.

Cabrera just took Cain's 86-mph changeup deep for a two-run homer that the wind clearly got a hold of and blew back, back, back. Pence ran into the wall in right and simply ran out of room. It scored Jackson, who had walked with one out. The crowd is alive for the first time in the two days here. Let's see how Scherzer handles it.

End-4th (2-1, Tigers): Scherzer got a strikeout/double play to get out of his inning and Cain was strong with a 1-2-3 bottom with two strikeouts. Cain is at 64 pitches, 41 strikes while Scherzer is at 54-34.

Mid-6th: (3-2, Giants):  Buster Posey gives the Giants the lead by ripping a 1-0 Scherzer changeup just inside the left-field foul pole for a two-run homer. Scherzer's 77th pitch of the night was down and away and Posey went down and pulled it. Scutaro had led off the inning with an infield single, beating out a topper to Cabrera at third, before Sandoval struck out on a full-count pitch. Can the Tigers really come back twice in the same game the way their offense is going? 

End-6th (3-3): There's your answer. The Tigers come back with two out as Young cranks Cain's first pitch deep to right to tie the game. Dirks followed with a single and Peralta flied deep the left --- just missing a go-ahead, two-run shot. So everyone in here is holding off on those Posey hero stories.

Mid-7th (3-3): Scherzer is out and the Tigers use Drew Smyly and Octavio Dotel to get out of the inning after a leadoff single by Blanco. Scherzer's line: 6 1/3 IP, 7H, 3R, 3 ER, 1BB, 8K, 90-59.

End-7th (3-3): Cain at 99 pitches after a 1-2-3 seventh. Gotta figure he goes at least one more. 

Mid-8th (3-3): Cain is out. The count was actually 102 pitches. Jeremy Affeldt is in. The Giants did not score as Dotel got Sandoval to hit into a double play and fanned Posey after Scutaro led off with a four-pitch walk.

End-8th (3-3): This is why the Tigers aren't winning this series even if they somehow pull out tonight's game. Leadoff walk by rookie pinch-hitter Avisail Garcia against reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Then Affeldt strikes out Cabrera (3-12), Fielder (1-14) and Young.

Off to extra innings (3-3): Coke pitches a classic ninth for Detroit, striking out the side to give him seven Ks in seven hitters in this series. The Tigers suffered a loss as Omar Infante was drilled on the wrist by a Santiago Casilla pitch and had to leave the game.

MID-10TH (GIANTS LEAD, 4-3): Scutaro loops a two-out RBI single to center to score Theriot. Giants are three outs away.

IT'S OVER (GIANTS WIN, 4-3): Romo pitches a 1-2-3 10th and Cabrera takes a called third strike for the final out. Giants win their second title in three years.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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