Three home runs in his first three at bats puts Pablo Sandoval in elite, rare company. He put the team on his shoulders, Barry Zito put the Tigers to sleep, and the Giants continued their improbable run, demolishing Detroit and the “best pitcher on the planet” 8-3 in Game One.
What is there to say? Sandoval hit his first home run on an 0-2 shoulder high fastball. Verlander hadn’t given up a home run on an 0-2 pitch all season. On the second, all Verlander could do was say “wow.” As for the rest of his at bats, let’s
just say that the hardest Sandoval hit the ball all night was probably the screaming line drive
single in his fourth at bat.
As for Zito, I just added a Barry Zito category, because he is doing what they said can’t be done. For that matter, I said it too. Good for him. Good for the Giants. Tigers are on their heels.