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    Hunter Pence scores the Giants' first run on Blanco's triple off the wall in right-center field in the second inning.

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    Gregor Blanco hammers a triple in the second inning to score Hunter Pence with the first run in what would be a 2-0 Giants victory in Game 3 of the World Series.

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    The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera reacts after popping up with the bases loaded to end the fifth. He is 2 for 9 (.222) in the World Series.

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    Tim Lincecum relieved Ryan Vogelsong and threw 2 1/3 hitless innings. The former ace has allowed one run and three hits and struck out 17 in 13 innings over five relief appearances this postseason.

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    Ryan Vogelsong pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He induced two early double plays, then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by retiring Miguel Cabrera on a pop-up.

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  • WORLD SERIES

    Best of seven; TV: FOX40

    DETROIT VS. GIANTS

    Giants lead series 3-0

    Game 1: Giants 8, Detroit 3

    Game 2: Giants 2, Detroit 0

    Game 3y: Giants 2, Detroit 0

    Today: Giants (Cain 16-5) at Detroit (Scherzer 16-7), 5:15 p.m.

    x-Monday: at Detroit, 5:07 p.m.

    x-Wednesday, Oct. 31: at Giants, 5:07 p.m.

    x-Thursday, Nov. 1: at Giants, 5:07 p.m.

    x-if necessary

Marcos Breton: There's nothing Tigers can do

Published: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013 - 7:45 pm

DETROIT – President Barack Obama bailed out Detroit and the American auto industry, but there is nothing Obama can do for the Detroit Tigers.

In this case, a depression of being down three games to none in a best-of-seven World Series would require a Tigers stimulus of hitting that can overcome Giants pitching.

Yeah, good luck with that.

Many who were huddled together at frigid Comerica Park couldn't believe it Saturday night when the Tigers' massive sluggers were neutralized by a 35-year-old retread starter, a long-haired former ace reborn in the bullpen and a little Mexican American closer who looks like he could be one of Pancho Villa's men.

Viva Gigantes!

They shut out the Tigers 2-0 for the second World Series game in a row, and their utter dominance is like a foreign language to non-believers once certain of a Tigers cakewalk in this improbable Fall Classic.

The words you keep hearing are that the Giants are getting all the "breaks," that somehow a 3-0 World Series lead is down to "luck."

It has to be that Tigers hitters are "slumping." It must be the fault of Tigers manager Jim Leyland for not being aggressive enough – or third-base coach Gene Lamont for being "overaggressive" when he sent Prince Fielder home to be tagged out in that key play in Game 2.

Some truths are hard to comprehend, particularly when so many who know so much about baseball were so fooled by a Giants bunch that didn't seem like much from afar – but are unbeatable now.

The Giants are simply a different kind of unbeatable team from past dominant teams to win the Fall Classic. The numbers the Giants are posting on their way to a title are historic, even when some wonder how they are doing it.

In the last half-century, the gold standard for pitching in a World Series was the Baltimore Orioles of 1966 – a team that shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final three games of a four-game sweep.

Giants ace Matt Cain takes the mound tonight with a chance to match that history. The 1937 New York Yankees, led by Hall of Famers Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing, won the first three World Series games while allowing no more than one run in each.

The Giants have allowed three runs total with starters Barry Zito, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong and the bullpen.

They aren't anything like the powerful New York Yankees of 50 to 60 years ago – teams that bludgeoned opponents into submission in the same way the Boston Red Sox did more recently in 2004 and 2007.

On Saturday night, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and is 0 for 10 with six strikeouts in this series. It didn't matter. Belt's contribution was a deft pick of a Brandon Crawford throw in the first inning to complete one of two huge double plays that killed potential Tigers rallies.

Second baseman Marco Scutaro, the hero of the National League Championship Series, went 0 for 4 Saturday and is batting .167 in the series. Leadoff hitter Angel Pagan went 0 for 4 and is hitting .182. Catcher Buster Posey, who was presented with the Hank Aaron Award before Saturday's game as the most outstanding hitter in the National League, went 0 for 4 and is hitting a modest .273 for the series.

Pablo Sandoval's two hits were the only ones the Giants' 1-2-3-4 hitters could muster all night – a dismal 2 for 16 combined.

It didn't matter. Vogelsong and then Tim Lincecum and then Sergio Romo combined on a shutout where there were Tigers on base in all but two innings, but nine were stranded and the Tigers were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. Scutaro contributed by starting both key double plays.

Sandoval made a diving catch. And the offense came from Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford, two Giants hitters who would never remind anyone of Barry Bonds, much less TJ Snow – but Saturday, they posted an RBI triple and single in the key second inning. Blanco made a huge catch in the left-field corner and, but for a throwing error, Crawford was magnificent at shortstop.

When Romo struck out Omar Infante to end it, an entire stadium seemed stunned in the cold night air. Lincecum, so bad as a starter all season, was unhittable in relief. Romo's veins bulged from his throat as he screamed in joy.

Then, the first question to Giants manager Bruce Bochy went something like this: "Is there a sense things are just going your way?"

Showing amazing restraint, Bochy paused and in a calm voice said: "I'll say this: The club is playing well."

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Marcos Breton, news columnist

Marcos Breton

Hello, my name is Marcos Breton and I'm the news columnist with The Sacramento Bee. What's a columnist supposed to do? I'm supposed to make you think, make you laugh, make you mad or make you see an issue in a different way. I'm supposed to connect the dots on issues, people and relationships that cause things to happen or prevent them from happening in our region. I also write a weekly baseball column during the baseball season. I am a voter in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yes, I have voted for Barry Bonds - twice. I am a native of Northern California. I am the son of Mexican immigrants. I've been at The Bee for more than 20 years, and I love Sacramento.

Email: mbreton@sacbee.com
Phone: 916-321-1096
Twitter: @MarcosBreton
Facebook: facebook.com/marcosbretonmartinez

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