SAN FRANCISCO--Pablo Sandoval was talking Tuesday, one day before the World Series began, about facing Cy Young winner Justin Verlander.
“It’s exciting because you want to be in action like this, face the best,” he said.
On Wednesday, he created his own excitement, homering in his first two at-bats against the Tigers' Verlander. And then he did it against reliever Al Alburquerque, helping the Giants to an 8-3 victory. .
Only three other players have homered three times in one game. Babe Ruth did it twice, followed by Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols.
Verlander was gone after four inning, leaving in a 5-0 deficit with even pitcher Barry Zito singling home a run against him. It was Verlander's shortest outing of the reuglar season or postseason this year.
Sandoval homered to right center with two outs in the first inning and then shot a two-run homer over the left field wall in the third inning.
The Giants' three-run third inning rally started with a fluke double by Angel Pagan, whose infield chopper hit third base and ounced into left field. He scored on a single by Marco Scutaro, who then scored on Sandoval's second homer.
Sandoval came in as one of the Giants' hitters, batting .320 in the first 12 postseason games.
Zito allowed a single to Omar Infante and then walked Miguel Cabrera before escaping trouble by getting Prince Fielder and Delmon Young.
The Tigers had a one-out single in the third inning and a leadoff single in the fourth inning that turned into a double play.
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