This pitching staff has been mesmerizing , both in the three-game comeback against the St. Louis Cardinals and in the first three games against the Detroit Tigers, posting an 0.67 ERA in those contests.
Let’s take a closer look at how the Giants closed to within a game of their second World Series title in the last three seasons.
Giant steps forward
The Giants have won a franchise record five straight World Series games and six straight postseason games.
Starters to Win First 3 Games
World Series, Last 50 Seasons
They haven’t trailed in any of their last six postseason games. The 54-inning span without trailing is tied for the second-longest by a team in a single postseason.
The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that the only team with a longer streak is the 2004 Boston Red Sox (60 straight innings).
The Giants have thrown four shutouts this postseason, matching the record for most in a postseason, shared by the 1905 Giants, the 1998 Yankees, and 2010 Giants.
Tigers can’t claw back
The Tigers have tied an AL record with six straight World Series defeats (dating back to 2006). They are the first team to get shut out on five hits or fewer in consecutive games since the 1921 New York Giants were by the New York Yankees.
Vogelsong’s winning tune continues
Ryan Vogelsong pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, adding to his postseason run of success.
Vogelsong is the second pitcher in postseason history to begin his career with four straight starts allowing one run or fewer in five innings or more.
The other is Hall-of-Famer Christy Mathewson, though he did so with four straight complete games.
Most Consecutive Starts
5+ IP, 1 R or Fewer
The two are tied with four other pitchers for the longest such streak of starts (regardless of when they were in a pitcher’s career) in postseason history.
The only pitcher with more than four is Curt Schilling, who had six straight.
Vogelsong held the Tigers hitless in four at-bats (with one walk) with runners in scoring position. Opponents are 2-for-17 this postseason in such situations against him.
He was fortunate in this start, matching a season-high by recording three line-drive outs. He also had two ground-ball double plays, something he only did once in the 2012 regular season.
How did Vogelsong approach Tigers hitters?
He threw his tailing fastball to both right-handed and left-handed hitters. He threw 27 of his 52 fastballs to his arm side. Tigers righties went 1-for-5 against them. Tigers lefties were 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
The part about Vogelsong succeeding against righties with inside pitches is significant.
Opponents, be they right-handed or left-handed, are now 2-for-22 this postseason when Vogelsong ends an at-bat with a fastball inside.
Lincecum dominant again
Tim Lincecum followed up one dominant relief outing with another, this one 2 1/3 innings of hitless work. The Tigers are now 0-for-15 against Lincecum this postseason, with 15 misses on their 29 swings against him.
Tim Lincecum followed up one dominant relief outing with another, this one 2 1/3 innings of hitless work. The Tigers are now 0-for-15 against Lincecum this postseason, with 15 misses on their 29 swings against him.Panda Power
Gregor Blanco, whose defense has stood out in this World Series, made a big offensive contribution with an RBI triple. Blanco became the first player in Giants history with two triples in the same postseason.
Stat of the Day
The Giants had lost Game 3 in each of their last four World Series appearances (1962, 1989, 2002, 2010). They last won Game 3 in 1954 against the Cleveland Indians.