The Giants took Game 1 of the World Series, 8-3, as Pablo Sandoval hit 3 HR, tying the single game record set by Babe Ruth (twice), Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols.
Justin Verlander gave up 5 R in just 4 IP. Meanwhile, the Giants’ Barry Zito, who basically has been lousy and much overpaid since the Giants got him from the A’s, pitched 5 2/3, giving up just one run, and this on top of a good outing in the NLCS vs. St. Louis.
When Tim Lincecum (the freak) relieved Zito, it marked the first time in WS history that one CYA winner relieved another.
Sandoval, with his 3 HR, became the third Giant to hit 2 HR or more in a WS game, and you will be surprised who the others are. No Ott, Mays, McCovey or Bonds. The other two are Benny Kauff and Jeff Kent. Sandoval (Kung Fu Panda) got a single his last time up to go 4 for 4.