Wednesday night’s Game 1 of the 2012 World Series is going to be remembered forever with Pablo Sandoval’s three home runs to give the Giants a 1-0 series lead. There is no doubt that Sandoval loves pitches in the middle of the plate and that’s where Justin Verlander threw the first two pitches that ended up flying out of AT&T Park. Sandoval is only the second player to hit three home runs in one game at AT&T Park with Kevin Elster being the other one. Elster’s three bombs were in the first game ever played at the ballpark 12 years ago.
It’s obvious that how Sandoval goes is how the Giants will go the rest of this series. Sandoval must stay hot to keep the Giants offense rolling because it seemed like last night that everything Sandoval touched got the Giants going even more. On the other side, Doug Fister has to pitch the game of his life in Game 2 and must keep San Francisco off the scoreboard while the Tigers offense tries to get to Madison Bumgarner, who was pulled out of the rotation after Game 1 of the NLCS. This is a great opportunity for Detroit to get back into this series before it heads back to Motown for Games 3, 4 and probably Game 5.
This game is going to go one way or another depending on whether the Tigers decide to pitch around Sandoval and tempt fate with Buster Posey. If Fister can slow down the Giants in Game 2, I think the Tigers then will find a way to win this series in six games. If the Giants win this game though, the series won’t make it back to San Francisco and they will finish it in five.