Game 1: Pandamonium Crushes Detroit

Game 1 of the World Series was all Pablo Sandoval as he belted three home runs, two of which were off Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander. Sandoval is only the fourth player in postseason history to hit three home-runs in a game. He joins Albert Pujols (last year), Reggie Jackson (’77) and Babe Ruth who did it twice (’26, ’28). Sandoval provided all the offense the Giants needed as one Cy Young award winner handed the ball off to another (first time since ’83) to keep the potent Tiger offense at bay. Barry Zito was brilliant in his start, going 5-2/3 innings and letting Tim Lincecum handle the rest. The normally small-ball fundamental NL West team by the Bay has had an explosion of offense since going on the run that has carried them to a 1-0 series lead. The Giants closed out the Cardinals with a 9-0 win and have scored five or more runs since finding themselves down 3-1 in the NLCS. The Giants seem to be a team of destiny at this point, as they are the first team since the ’07 Red Sox to come back from being down 3-1 in a series, and in the previous series they battled back to win three games on the road in Cincinnati to advance.

Looking ahead, the Tigers have suffered more than just a Game 1 loss. Justin Verlander is now 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in World Series starts dating back to 2006 when he faced the Cardinals, a series that the Tigers lost. Now the pitching match-ups over the next couple of games clearly favor the Giants with Bumgarner facing Fister and Giants Ace Matt Cain slated to open on the road when the series shifts to Detroit this weekend. In the end Detroit has to shake off the demoralizing loss and figure out a way to split in San Francisco. But the Giants have outscored their opponents 28-4 since Game 5 of the NLCS so Jim Leyland probably feels he has to make some changes.

“Kung Fu Panda” belts the first of his three home runs en route to a 4-4 night