After getting 2 1-3 hitless innings of relief from Tim Lincecum, the Giants are handing the ball to closer Sergio Romo in the ninth. He’s trying to nail down a 2-0 win over Detroit for a commanding 3-0 lead in the World Series.
The bottom three in the lineup is due up for Detroit.
The Giants still lead 2-0 heading to the ninth inning.
The last time the Tigers were shut out in consecutive games was April 12-13, 2008, at the Chicago White Sox, according to STATS LLC. The last time Detroit was blanked twice in a row in a single postseason was Games 4 and 5 of the 1908 World Series by the Cubs.
The Giants are three outs from becoming the first team since the 1966 Baltimore Orioles (against the Los Angeles Dodgers) to throw consecutive shutouts in the World Series. The last NL team was the 1919 Cincinnati Reds (who probably had some help against the infamous Black Sox).
Tough luck for Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who allowed two runs over seven innings. He weathered a difficult second inning but hung in there.
FOX says Sanchez had the second-lowest run support in the majors this year (including his time with the Marlins). He had received two runs or fewer in 23 of 34 starts this season (including tonight).
Tim Lincecum retired Jhonny Peralta on a flyball to end the inning with San Francisco ahead 2-0.
Vogelsong has allowed one run or less in seven straight starts dating to the regular season. He joined Blue Moon Odom (1972) and Burt Hooton (1981) as the only pitches to make four straight starts in one postseason without yielding more than one run.
You get the feeling the Tigers are never going to get a big hit in this World Series.