DETROIT -- Ryan Vogelsong had another chance to break, and Miguel Cabrera had another chance to beat a Giants pitcher.
But Vogelsong did not get beaten, because Giants pitchers do not break in the playoffs.
What Giants pitchers do is get outs, stare down hitters, dominate games and make World Series history.
They fight and they win.
"It's my first World Series, I've been waiting for this since I was 5 years old, and I wasn't going to go down without a fight, that's for sure," Vogelsong said after the Giants' 2-0 victory over Detroit on Saturday at Comerica Park.
As the games grow larger, so do the Giants pitchers, every single time. Dating to 2010, they never miss. Never.
And, after the Game 3 victory, this franchise is on the brink of its second World Series title -- and second dominant pitching postseason -- in three years.
The Giants are up 3-0 in the series and have registered the first back-to-back World Series shutouts since Baltimore put together three consecutive shutouts in 1966.
Can you believe this is happening?
"Of course I believe it -- we've done it before with basically the same guys (in 2010)," general manager Brian Sabean said.
"If you've done it once before, it's in your tank. And Vogey's got a lot to be proud of -- he's done it, too, now."
But amazingly, this 2012 pitching performance is even better than the 2010 multiple masterpieces.
The Giants have won six consecutive playoff games, starting with Game 5 of the NLCS, and have an 0.67 ERA over that unbelievable span.
They've outscored St. Louis and now Detroit by a combined 32-4 over those six games.
How are they doing it? By attacking the best offensive players with better pitching and by holding onto any lead their offense gives them.
In the fifth inning of Game 3, Vogelsong faced Cabrera, the A.L. Triple Crown winner, with the bases loaded, protecting a 2-0 lead, and hanging on.
The game was in the balance -- and Vogelsong, the 35-year-old reclamation project, was entirely up to it.
He threw a high fastball on the inner part of the plate, Cabrera tried to crush it, and instead the ball ended up as a pop fly to shortstop.
"Right now, he's the best hitter in the game," Vogelsong said. "I just tried to make pitches there ...
"And the way we were playing defense, really just trying to get him to put the ball in play somewhere, because I had a good feeling we were going to catch it if he did."
End of inning. Essentially, the end of the game. And really, the end of Detroit's hopes in this series.
The Giants pitchers are in control. This is over.
"Obviously I thought we had Ryan on the ropes a couple times tonight," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "We couldn't get the killer hit or the killer blow."
No team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win the World Series, and 20 of the 23 teams that have gotten behind 3-0 have lost Game 4.
That's Sunday, with the Giants' ace, Matt Cain, lined up and ready to follow Vogelsong, who followed Madison Bumgarner, who followed Barry Zito, who followed ...
Vogelsong ended up pitching 52/3 innings -- getting 21/3 innings of dynamic relief from Tim Lincecum -- and admitted that he didn't have nearly the same quality of stuff he had in his previous two lockdown outings. But he still fought and he kept the Tigers off the board. And with Lincecum almost always ready to go out of the 'pen, the Giants are almost unbeatable now.
This is Vogelsong's third consecutive victory in the playoffs, and his 1.09 playoff ERA is the lowest by a starter in a single postseason (with at least 24 innings) since Orel Hershiser's 1.05 ERA in 1988.
And Vogelsong joins Christy Mathewson as the only pitchers to start their postseason careers with four consecutive starts of five or more innings giving up one run or less.
In 1966, Baltimore swept the Dodgers -- giving up two runs in Game 1 and then getting shutouts by Jim Palmer, Wally Bunker and Dave McNally to close the series.
The Giants haven't quite pulled that off, but this is a different era, with supposedly a much higher level of offense.
But this World Series is all but history because the Giants pitching staff is making it. They don't break -- they break bats.
"It's pretty incredible," outfielder Hunter Pence said of the Giants pitching.
"It definitely helps the confidence a ton when your starting pitchers, your bullpen and everyone just seems to get the job done."
Just in this series, Giants pitchers have held the Tigers' dynamic duo of Cabrera and Prince Fielder without an extra-base hit in the three games, and shut each down at huge moments throughout.
In addition to the Cabrera pop-out, Vogelsong got Fielder to ground into an inning-ending double play in the first.
That's the series right there. That's the Giants' postseason, right there.
The bigger the moment, the better the pitch, and the moments keep getting bigger.
Vogelsong, Lincecum, Sergio Romo and the rest are towering over baseball right now, and dwarfing the Detroit Tigers.
They are unbreakable, unbeatable, and they are assuredly historic.