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Pablo Sandoval goes deep again, Giants up 4-0 in Game 1

Oct 24, 2012, 9:27 PM EDT

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Justin Verlander had been a force throughout this 2012 postseason. But now he is getting hammered.

Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro, the MVP of the NLCS against the Cardinals, drove in Angel Pagan with a single up the middle in the bottom of the first inning, then Pablo Sandoval launched his second home run of the game to push San Francisco out to a 4-0 lead in Game 1 of the World Series.

Verlander has thrown a whopping 70 pitches through just three frames, yielding five hits and four earned runs.

Giants starter Barry Zito has been far more efficient, needing only 43 pitches. To the fourth inning we go.

  1. sailcat54 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Verlander WHO?

    Go Giants!

    • natslady - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Melky who?

      • sailcat54 - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM

        Nats WHO?

      • natslady - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM

        So you think the Giants need Melky? Seems like they are doing just fine without him.

  2. historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    This is what I was afraid of. When V has a bad night — and it happens — it is not pretty. I hope all of you who were gloating pre-game and jinxed us learned your lesson.

  3. Marty - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    I said it this morning. Verlander getting lit early is no surprise.

    Like Cliff Lee, Verlander now knows what it’s like to be an elite pitcher in the postseason against the Giants.

    • sailcat54 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      Well said. But not only is Verlander crashing and burning, but the much-reviled Barry Zito is pitching like a champ. Hell, Zito has more RBIs under his belt so far in the game than the entire Tigers team!

      Go Giants!

  4. hcf95688 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    I guess this is the Verlander that shows up when Jim Reynolds isn’t calling balls and strikes.

    • Marty - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      Sorry, but can’t blame a Barry Zito RBI on the strike zone.

      Tigers = smoke and mirrors.

      Should be obvious now. (Also should be the As playing tonight)

  5. Hunter Pence's Eyes - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Really Mcarver…? “the Great Verlander”….? He’s good but let’s calm down a little bit and be less bias.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      It’s his schtick. Annoying, eh?

  6. raysfan1 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Young can’t be bothered to run when he makes contact, hanging Fielder out to dry for a ridiculously easy DP. He should have been benched immediately. Instead he gets to go out to left field to embarrass himself throwing the ball into the ground.

    Big props to Zito so far.

  7. randygnyc - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Holy Shit!!! Panda Panda Panda thrice.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Babe x2, Reggie, Pujols, Panda!!! Holy crap!!!

  8. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Wow, are you kidding me? 3rd HR for Panda

  9. raysfan1 - Oct 24, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Wow! Sandoval just became the 4th ever to hit 3 HRs in one WS game!

    • raysfan1 - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Ruth, Jackson, Pujols, and now Sandoval. That’s pretty good company.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      And he’ll get at least one more AB, let’s go for four!

  10. natsattack - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    All worship thy Panda!
    He’ll probably get at least 2 more ABs, if he isn’t intentionally walked. Nobody ever hit 4 HRs in a playoff game, ever. (I think)
    Rizzo, trade for him!
    Then trade him back to the Giants once he is 36+ years old, Sabean will pay a king’s ransom for a player of such age, I mean caliber.

  11. thereisfootballwestofjersey - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    The Giants had to be SICK and TIRED of hearing about the UNBEATABLE JV. All of the national broadcast teams repeatedly show their ignorance when it comes to the SF Giants – they never had even watched them play it sounds like. Not one team from MLB Network, ESPN, FOX, TBS – none of them really knew what’s up with the Giants. Just goes to show you that the East Coast bias is not only ridiculous – it’s so prevelant

    • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      You know, of course, that Detroit is not on the east coast.

      • Marty - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        But they’re one of the OG16 who didn’t move west.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:56 PM

        Sooo, because they didn’t move the Old Northwest becomes part of the East Coast? If he wants to say the hype on V was too much, I agree, but if he wants to blanket the Tigers with East Coast bias, I call bullshit.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 24, 2012 at 11:54 PM

        The Midwest isn’t the East Coast?
        The Hell you say!
        East Coast bias.
        I want outRAGE!

      • historiophiliac - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

        You’re crazy, Woodpecker…or you’ve had too much latte. Latte rage.

      • willthethrill82 - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:38 PM

        But Detroit is in the Eastern time zone, and times zones are argued to be a big reason why the “east coast bias” exists in the first place.

        Either way, there IS a bias against the Giants right now. There was in 2010, and it’s been happening all over again in this 2012 postseason.

  12. natsattack - Oct 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Insulting other teams doesn’t mean that you are supporting your team, sailcat. Don’t start a fight that doesn’t need fought. Baseball is supposed to unite, not divide.

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