10/28/12 12:33 AM ET
Did you know? World Series Game 3: SF 2, DET 0
By Mike Fiammetta and Jake Kaplan / MLB.com
The Giants' Game 3 win was their sixth consecutive this playoffs, the longest postseason winning streak in franchise history.
Teams that have taken a 3-0 lead in any postseason series are 30-1 all-time, including 23-0 in the World Series. The only team to come back and win a playoff series after trailing 3-0 was the Red Sox in the 2004 American League Championship Series.
Of the 23 teams that led 3-0 in the World Series, 20 of them have finished off the series in Game 4. None of those series lasted more than five games.
Dating to the 2006 Fall Classic, the Tigers have lost six consecutive World Series games. That ties a franchise record, as Detroit lost six straight Fall Classic games from Game 2 in 1907 to Game 2 in 1908. The longest streak in Major League history is eight, held by the Phillies (Game 2 of 1915 through Game 4 of 1950) and the Braves (Game 3 of 1996 through Game 4 of 1999), and the last to lose six in a row was the Cardinals, who did it from Game 6 of 1987 through Game 4 of 2004.
The Tigers are trailing 3-0 in a World Series for the second time in club history. Detroit also trailed 3-0 in 1907 against the Cubs, when it lost four straight games after Game 1 ended in a tie.
The Tigers, who were shut out just twice the entire regular season, have been shut out three times this postseason, including two straight games. The 1919 White Sox were the last AL team to get shut out in back-to-back World Series games, and the 1966 Dodgers were the last team from either league to get shut out in back-to-back games.
Saturday's loss was Detroit's first in five games at Comerica Park during the 2012 playoffs.
The Giants improved to 9-1 in games in which they score first this postseason.
San Francisco's pitching staff has thrown three shutouts in four games, dating to the NLCS Game 7 win over St. Louis. The 1905 Giants and 1966 Orioles are the only other clubs to accomplish that in a single postseason.
Neither team homered in Game 3, marking the second straight game there were no home runs. This is the first time that's happened in consecutive World Series games since Games 5 and 6 of the 1996 Fall Classic between the Yankees and Braves.
The Tigers are the first team to not have led a single time through the first three games of a World Series since 2004, when the Cards didn't once lead en route to getting swept by the Red Sox. It's happened only four other times in Major League history (1963, '66, '76 and '89), and all four of those series also ended in sweeps.
San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong is just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to allow one run or less in four consecutive starts in the same postseason. Curt Schilling accomplished that five times for Arizona in the 2001 postseason. Blue Moon Odom (1972) and Burt Hooton (1981) were the others to do that in four starts.
Vogelsong's 1.09 ERA is the lowest by a starting pitcher in a single postseason over a span of 24 innings or more since Orel Hershiser's 1.05 ERA in 1988.
Pablo Sandoval had two more hits on Saturday to give him 23 for the postseason, breaking J.T. Snow's Giants record set in 2002. Sandoval is two hits away from tying the all-time record of 25, accomplished by Atlanta's Marquis Grissom (1995), Los Angeles' Darin Erstad (2002) and St. Louis' David Freese (2011).
Over 13 innings spanning five appearances in relief, Tim Lincecum is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA. Only 10 times in postseason history has a reliever posted a lower ERA with at least 13 innings.
The Giants are just the second team in World Series history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, to have their starting pitchers earn the victory while allowing no more than one run in each of the outings. The 1937 Yanks (Lefty Gomez, Red Ruffing and Monte Pearson) were first to accomplish that.
Gregor Blanco is the first player in Giants history, and 42nd player all time, to hit two triples in a postseason.
Game 3 was the 12th different game this postseason to have at least one triple. That matches 2002 and '09 as the most games with at least one triple in postseason history.
Austin Jackson, who committed an error in center field in the second inning, had just one in the regular season. It was the first error by a center fielder in a World Series game since the Angels' Erstad in Game 5 in 2002.
Through three games of the World Series, the Tigers are 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The last time before Saturday that a team saw its starters lose back-to-back World Series games despite pitching at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs was the 1966 Dodgers.
Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder have combined to hit a mere .158 (3-for-19) through the first three games of the Fall Classic.
Cabrera has reached base in each of his 23 postseason games as a Tiger.
Mike Fiammetta and Jake Kaplan are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.