Ka-Pow! The San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval did something that wasn’t expected in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, he jacked not 1, not 2 – but 3 home runs against the Detroit Tigers and two of them against their ace Justin Verlander. Sandoval became just the fourth player in major-league history to hit three home runs in a World Series contest . He joins Albert Pujols, Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth who accomplished this feat.
Tigers’ Verlander threw high heat at Sandoval in the first inning, he placed it over the center-field fence. In the third, Verlander gave him a four seam, 95-mph bullet that he easily put over the left-field fence and in the fifth reliever Al Alburquerque (what a name) tried to get a slider by him, but “The Panda” reached and placed that one over the center-field fence. Sandoval went 4-4 at bat with 3 HRs and 4RBIs to help the Giants get a win over the Tigers.
We played our last game only two days ago,” Sandoval said. “We’re still hot. We just came here and played our game.