With 3 homerun game, Sandoval powers Giants past the Tigers in game #1 of World Series


The San Francisco Giants cruise past the Detroit Tigers 6-3 behind the bat of Pablo Sandoval and his 3 homer night. In Postseason play, Sandoval has already halved his regular season total by accumulating 6 homeruns. He hit a total of 12 homeruns in 108 games during the regular season. Sandoval’s three homerun game was the first at AT&T Park since 2000 and would mark the fourth time in World Series history where three were hit by a single player.

Giants’ lefthander Barry Zito outdueled reigning American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player award winner Justin Verlander, by pitching 5.2 innings of 1- run ball. He would win his first World Series game. Verlander, for just the second time this season, was unable to make it to the sixth inning. Verlander threw 98 pitches and gave up five earned runs in four laborous innings of work.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval muscled an 0-2 pitch out of the park for a solo- homerun to start the Giants’ offense in the first inning. Justin Verlander hadn’t given up a 0-2 count homerun all season. Sandoval drove in four runs on the night.

In the third inning, a red- hot Marco Scutaro lined a comebacker into centerfield scoring Angel Pagan. Scutaro batted .354 with 5 runs batted in, heading into the World Series. An equally effective Sandoval tallied nine RBI in the Postseason, heading into game one of the World Series.  Also in the third inning, he would rack his RBI total to 12 by mashing his second homerun of the game.

Barry Zito helped his own cause, by singling home Brandon Belt in the fourth inning. The next inning Sandoval hit a solo shot, his 3rd homerun of the night, to extend the Giants’ lead 6-0.

The Tigers’ offense came alive in the sixth inning behind that bat of slugging third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who plated outfielder Austin Jackson.

Tigers’ closer Jose Valverde’s pitching woes continued. Since his implosion in game one of the League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, where he gave up 2 homeruns to squander a Tigers’ lead, Valverde had not pitched an inning. Since October 13th, he had spent much of his time off working with Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones in an attempt to remedy a pitching mechanic that was causing his foot to drag on his delivery- causing him to lose much needed velocity. He gave up 2 RBI singles to Scutaro and MVP candidate Buster Posey.

Tim Lincecum pitched an impressive 2.1 innings of relief. He did not allow a baserunner while striking out five.

In the 9th, Shortstop Jhonny Peralta launched a flyball to deep centerfield that knicked off the glove of Angel Pagan for a 2-run homerun. It was too little too late, as Peralta has tallied his third homerun of the Postseason.

The World Series continues on Thursday (10/25) for game two at AT&T Park. The first pitch is scheduled at 8:00 pm ET. Right hander Doug Fister (0-0, 1.35 ERA) will take the mound versus Giants’ left hander Madison Bumgarner (0-2, 11.25 ERA). Fister has pitched 13.1 innings of 2- run ball while earning a no- decision in both of his starts this Postseason. In Bumgarner’s last start, 11 days ago, the St. Louis Cardinals torched him for six runs.

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