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DETROIT (97.1 THE TICKET/AP) – It’s deja vu all over again, as the San Francisco Giants take advantage of every opportunity and beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 and take an ominous 3-0 lead in the best of seven 2012 World Series.
The Tigers wasted several scoring opportunities stranding men on base throughout the evening.
Ryan Vogelsong pitched out of a bases-loaded jam by getting Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to pop out.
The Giants did damage in the second inning against Anibal Sanchez as Gregor Blanco tripled to deep center scoring Hunter Pence, then Brandon Crawford singled to center, scoring Blanco.
Held scoreless in over 15 straight innings, the Tigers have gotten little production from the middle of their order. Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, is 2 for 8 with one RBI and Prince Fielder, signed to a $214 million contract in January, is 1 for 9 with no RBIs.
Sanchez, acquired from Miami in July, showed rust from his 12-day layoff. Hunter Pence walked on four pitches starting the second, ending Sanchez’s streak of 95 right-handed batters without a walk since Aug. 22, according to STATS LLC. One out later, Blanco pulled a full-count pitch off an advertising board on the fence.
Detroit pulled the infield in – manager Jim Leyland was criticized by some for leaving his middle infielders back with Game 2 scoreless in the seventh – and Hector Sanchez struck out. Crawford, the No. 9 hitter, lofted a single to short center that Austin Jackson overran for an error.
With the crowd of 42,262 quieted and the Tigers’ infielders looking dismayed, Sanchez retired Angel Pagan on an inning-ending grounder to first.
Sanchez allowed five hits in the first six innings, struck out seven and walked one, throwing 104 pitches – 31 in the second.
While Detroit never trailed during its AL championship series sweep of the New York Yankees, the Tigers have not led in the World Series.
The San Francisco Giants are one win away from winning the 2012 World Series.
No team has ever lost the first three games and rebounded to win the title.
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