There have been only three players in the history of baseball to hit three home runs in a game. Two are Hall of Famers (Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson) and one is certain to find his way to Cooperstown (Albert Pujols). Well, San Francisco Giants third sacker Pablo Sandoval is now the fourth member of this elite group. Thanks to his bat along with a solid performance by Barry Zito, the San Francisco Giants have struck first blood in the World Series.
The Detroit Tigers sent ace Justin Verlander to the mound, the American League champions looked like they should have the upper hand. Verlander was roughed up for five runs and six hits through four innings. Considering how dominant he’s been throughout the season and post season, this was not to be expected from the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. Sandoval hit his first home run in the bottom of the first inning, then followed up with his second shot in the third inning. His third shot came in the fifth inning. Two of these were solo blasts with the middle one being a two-run shot.
The Giants held a 6-0 advantage until the sixth inning when 2012 AL Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera singled home Austin Jackson. The Tigers would add two more runs in the ninth when Jhonny Peralta hit a two run shot. That would leave the final tally at 8-3.
This was an impressive night for the Giants that aren’t considered an offensive time. Striking first blood against the Tigers, especially with Verlander on the mound set the tone. Game two features Doug Fister and Madison Bumgarner. Fister was strong down the stretch for the Tigers as they rallied by the White Sox in route to winning the AL Central. Bumgarner pitched well during the regular season but has struggled in the post season. The Tigers need to steal this game and bring it back to Detroit. That will give the Tigers home field advantage and potentially turn the series. As it stands now, the Giants are a confident bunch.