After two devastating losses in San Francisco to begin the 2012 World Series, the Detroit Tigers were looking, with great anticipation, to return home for a familiar change of scenery, 42,262 screaming fans and a potential swing in momentum. As much as they had hoped it would be the case, the end result of Game 3 would reveal itself to be a different location, different starting pitcher, but same, gut-wrenching story.
For the third game in a row, on a night where the game time temperature hit a balmy 47-degrees, the Tigers' offense was just as cold and missing in action. In the first seven innings, riding behind decent pitching from starter Anibal Sanchez, Detroit's hitting was frustratingly absent. The "big two" of Miguel Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and Prince Fielder, the man with the $214 million contract, had gone 1-for-6, and the rest of the lineup managed a meager four hits in 18 at-bats.
The situation with Cabrera and Fielder is even more disheartening, factoring in that the pair has gone 3-for-17 in the series with only a single RBI to their credit. At one point, with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning, Cabrera popped out, ending the inning and potential scoring threat. That would be the last real scoring threat the Tigers would have - not quite the production one would hope to get out of a billion-dollar roster.
After defeating the Yankees in a four-game sweep in the American League Championship Series, Detroit has yet to post a lead against San Francisco. The Tigers' offense would finish Game 3 going 5-for-31 with seven strikeouts and nine runners left on base. Six of which would be left by the speedy left fielder, Quintin Berry.
The Tigers would be shutout for the second time in this World Series. Against the outstanding pitching of the Giants, and the bullpen which featured a dominating Tim Lincecum, they were completely helpless. Lincecum would prove untouchable, striking out three in 2.1 innings of work with a 0.00 ERA.
Sanchez, much to his chagrin, pitched rather decently in his first World Series start against the Giants, despite his team's severe lack of run support. In seven innings of work, he surrendered just six hits, giving up two earned runs and garnering eight strikeouts. After falling into some trouble in the second and third innings, he rebounded and was able to quell the Giants' continued offensive onslaught.
Detroit now looks to do something never-before accomplished in the World Series - coming back from an 0-3 deficit. Luck, it seems, will be the least of what Detroit will need to accomplish the lofty goal.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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