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10/25/06 12:56 AM ET

Tigers Short Hops: Game 3

Detroit's offense silenced in loss to Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Fielding the Tigers' World Series Game 3 loss to the Cardinals on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
Detroit's offense had no answer for Chris Carpenter and the defense made a costly error to doom the Tigers.

Frozen moment
Trailing 2-0 with two on and nobody out in the seventh, Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya fields Albert Pujols' grounder to the mound, but misfires on a throw to third baseman Brandon Inge for a two-run error.

Big number
34 -- Combined number of at-bats without a hit in this World Series by Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco and Ivan Rodriguez.

Game ball
Sean Casey was back at first base for the first time since the ALCS, and showed his calf was healed with a fine running catch of a Ronnie Belliard popup in the second.

Sense of October
The first World Series game in new Busch Stadium saw one of the better pitching performances in recent World Series memory. Unfortunately for the Tigers, that performance came from Carpenter.

Lines of the Game
Sean Casey
3 AB, 2 H
Comment: Casey accounted for all but one of Detroit's three hits against Carpenter.

Nate Robertson
5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Comment: The left-hander pitched good enough to win most games, but not when the opponent is Chris Carpenter and Carpenter is at his best.

"When you've got a guy out there like Chris Carpenter with the stuff he had tonight, you've got to play flawless baseball to have a chance to win." -- Casey

Next step
Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will try to even the series as he makes his first World Series start against Jeff Suppan and the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Busch.

Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.