The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-0 to move within one game of sweeping Major League Baseball’s World Series.
The Giants take a three games to none lead in the best-of-seven series going into Game 4 today at Comerica Park in Detroit.
“I’ll say this -- the club is playing well,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters.
The Giants won the World Series in 2010 in a 4-1 series over the Texas Rangers. The team twice swept the series when it was in New York, in 1922 against the New York Yankees and again in 1954 over the Cleveland Indians. The Boston Red Sox were the last team to sweep the series with four straight victories over the Colorado Rockies in 2007.
“It’s not over yet, we have to win one more,” winning pitcher Ryan Vogelsong said in a televised interview.
Gregor Blanco hit a run-scoring triple off Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez and then scored on Brandon Crawford’s single to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
“I know he’s a great pitcher,” Blanco said in a televised interview. “He has great velocity. He handed me that curve ball.”
Vogelsong (1-0) allowed five hits and struck out three in 5 2/3 innings before he was relieved by Tim Lincecum, who struck out three in 2 1/3 innings. Sergio Romo pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save of the World Series.
“It was special tonight even before the game started -- being able to pitch in the World Series is something. I was really pumped up,” the 35-year-old pitcher said. “I just felt like we had a good game plan coming in.”
Sanchez (0-1) allowed two runs on six hits and struck out eight in seven innings.