By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: October 25th, 2012 at 12:24 AM EST
San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval had a career night. He is the fourth player in World Series history to hit a home run three times in a game.
He accomplished his feat in a Game 1 8-3 blowout over the Detroit Tigers. Sandoval now has 6 home runs this postseason.
Coming into the postseason, he had just 12 home runs in the regular season.
He took Tigers ace Justin Verlander deep twice, with the first home run coming off of a 0-2 fastball that went over the right-center field wall in the first inning.
Then, in the third inning, he hit a 2-0 fastball over the left field wall. Later, he took relief pitcher Al Alburquerque deep over the center field fence in the fifth inning.
The Kung Fu Panda, as he commonly known by the Giants fans, had 13 total bases, which is the second-most in World Series history. Last year, Albert Pujols had 14 total bases for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3.
Sandoval is the 5th player to go 4-for-4 in Game 1 of the World Series. The previous 4 players have all gone on to win the championship.