DETROIT -- After a shaky regular season, the Giants' staff has picked the perfect time to again become the group that has dominated baseball for years.
Ryan Vogelsong continued a stellar stretch of starting pitching, throwing 52/3 shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the World Series. After going the distance in the first two rounds of the postseason, the Giants are a win away from sweeping their way to a championship.
They've done it on the arms of a group of starters that all of a sudden is a staff of aces. Vogelsong deftly pitched out of trouble on a cold and windy night at Comerica Park, stranding runners in four of his five full innings. He got inning-ending double plays in the first and third innings, but saved his greatest escape act for the fifth. After loading the bases with one out, Vogelsong struck out Quintin Berry and got Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to pop up to short.
Vogelsong joined Christy Mathewson as the only pitchers to throw at least five innings and give up no more than one run in each of their first four postseason starts. In 242/3 playoff innings, Vogelsong has allowed just three runs on 16 hits.
Through three World Series games, the Giants starters have given up just one run. Tim Lincecum, now pitching out of the bullpen, contributed to the dominance, as well. Lincecum stranded a runner after relieving Vogelsong in the sixth and dominated the next two innings. In five relief appearances this postseason, Lincecum has given up just one run on three hits in 13 innings, striking out 17.
The Giants have not trailed since losing Game 5 of the National League Championship Series in St. Louis and the lineup got Vogelsong two early runs on Saturday. Gregor Blanco's deep triple to right-center field scored Hunter Pence, and Blanco scored on a Brandon Crawford single two batters later.
That was all Vogelsong and the bullpen would need while shutting out the Tigers for the second straight game. Detroit was shut out just twice in the entire regular season.