By RICKY LINDSAY, Staff Reporter
The Detroit Tigers have been shutout twice the entire regular season, but are now on the brink of elimination after being shutout in back-to-back World Series games. The San Francisco Giants kept rolling and kept an ice cold Tigers offense off the scoreboard to win Game 3, 2-0.
As expected, Game 3 was a pitching duel. Anibal Sanchez battled Ryan Vogelsong for most of the night. Sanchez gave up two, second inning runs, but was able to settle into the game.
Sanchez threw seven innings with eight strikeouts while only allowing those two runs. With his Game 3 start, Sanchez became the third Venezuelan born pitcher to start a World Series game.
Vogelsong didn’t dominate, but was effective, throwing five and two-thirds scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Vogelsong became the fifth starter with four starts with one run or fewer allowed in postseason history.
Tigers’ reliever Phil Coke continues his audition for the team’s closer role in 2013. He pitched a perfect ninth inning while striking out the side.
Pablo Sandoval also made history after his double in the eighth inning, becoming the Giants’ all time leader in postseason hits. Sandoval placed his hands over his chest to form a heart after accomplishing the feat.
The Tigers’ offense continues to haunt them in the World Series. They haven’t led at any point during the World Series after leading every game in the ALCS against the Yankees.
The Tigers’ offense has even reached historical lows recently. Last night, the Tigers became the first American League to get shutout in back-to-back World Series games since the 1919 Chicago White Sox.
Prior to the game, Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey received the Hank Aaron award. This marked the first time that the winners met in the World Series. Both players are considered favorites for the MVP awards.
With the win, the Giants improve to 9-1 this postseason when scoring first. They’ve also won five straight World Series games, while the Tigers have lost their last six.
Game 4 has the potential to be the last time the Tigers take the field until Spring Training. They’ll look to keep their season alive as Max Scherzer takes the mound to oppose Giants’ ace Matt Cain. Game 4 can be seen tonight on FOX, at 8:07 PM.