DETROIT -- You can learn everything you need to know about the Giants' dominance not by looking at the box score but at the interview podium after games. Major League Baseball has been selecting a steady stream of pitchers to represent the team, and Saturday the lights shone on not one, but two starting pitchers.
Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum sat side-by-side, so different, but in this 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, so alike. Both were forceful on the mound, taking the bite out of a Tigers lineup that was shut out twice all season and now has been shut out in back-to-back World Series games.
The Giants are the first team since 1966 to pitch two consecutive World Series shutouts and, with a 3-0 series lead, are on the verge of a second championship in three years. Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, and Vogelsong, a journeyman-turned-All-Star, differ in this arena. Vogelsong is desperate for the ring Lincecum already has.
"I've been waiting for this since I was 5 years old," Vogelsong said after his first World Series start. "I wasn't going to go down without a fight, that's for sure."
Vogelsong brought the fight to the Tigers, repeatedly stifling rallies and leaving after 52/3 scoreless innings. Vogelsong joined Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson as the only pitchers to throw at least five innings and give up no more than one run in each of their first four postseason starts.
In 242/3 postseason
"He's that kind of guy that's just going to leave it out there on the field," Lincecum said. "He'll give you everything he's got, give you the shirt off his back if he has to."
Lincecum didn't need Vogelsong's jersey, but he did inherit one of his runners with the Giants leading 2-0 in the sixth. Lincecum got the Giants out of that inning and dominated for two more, getting the ball to closer Sergio Romo for a perfect ninth.
"Look at that job they did," Romo said, shaking his head. "They set the tempo. Here we are in the World Series just trying to complement each other."
Out of the bullpen, Lincecum has been the perfect complement for a rotation he once paced. In five relief appearances this postseason, he has given up one run and three hits in 13 innings, striking out 17.
"I'm just going to go out there as a safety net kind of thing," Lincecum said. "Just being able to contribute is the biggest thing for me. I know this season I didn't exactly do what I wanted to do, so to go out there and just be able to do something for the team, that's really my goal."
Through three World Series games, the Giants starters and Lincecum have given up just one run, but the dominance stretches further back. The Giants have won six straight and haven't trailed since they lost Game 4 of the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The staff has pitched four shutouts in the past six games and given up just four runs. Over that same span, Giants pitchers have driven in four runs.
"They way they've been going, it seems like one or two runs is enough," shortstop Brandon Crawford said.
Crawford helped get Vogelsong an early lead. Gregor Blanco's second-inning triple scored Hunter Pence, and Crawford's single brought home Blanco to give Vogelsong a 2-0 cushion that would be more than enough.
Vogelsong got inning-ending double plays in the first and third innings but saved his greatest escape act for the fifth inning. After loading the bases with one out, Vogelsong struck out Quintin Berry and got Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to pop up to short.
"I go with my gut, and Vogey goes with his gut," catcher Buster Posey said of the two fastballs to Cabrera. "If I put something down that he's not convicted about, he'll shake."
How often did Vogelsong shake off a Posey pitch selection Saturday night?
"Two or three times," Vogelsong said, smiling. "And some of those are planned. I trust him, and I think he takes a lot of what he does at the plate and uses it behind the plate. We were on the same page the whole game. Give him a lot of credit for what we've been doing."
With Posey handling a staff of aces and the defense -- led by Crawford and Blanco -- handling anything that doesn't find Posey's glove, the Giants are on the verge of another ticker-tape parade.
Twenty of the previous 23 teams to take a 3-0 lead in the World Series have ended up with a sweep. The other three teams won in five games.
"They've got to beat us four times in a row now," Romo said. "But after the comebacks we've had, we know anything is possible. We can't sleep on these guys, no chance."
Still, as the Giants started to file out of Comerica Park, it was hard to stifle some of the grins.
"I'm definitely enjoying this," Lincecum said. "It's hard not to."