World Series: Game #2 Preview

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants third baseman joined elusive company with a three-homerun game.  Only four players have ever hit three homeruns in a World Series game: Yankees’ Babe Ruth (who accomplished the feat twice), Reggie Jackson, and former Cardinal Albert Pujols.

Pablo Sandoval, known to baseball fans as The Kung-Fu Panda, enjoyed a 4-for-4 game with 3 homeruns and 4 runs-batted-in. A performance that got the Twitter-verse talking about him and his Giants teammates.

Even though the series is only one game deep, there has been a lot of chatter on social media and amongst baseball analysts that the Giants could be the team to beat.

There’s no questioning that Sandoval played a huge role in helping his team to a Game 1 win at AT&T Park, but he wasn’t the only one who knocked around Tigers’ starter and ace Justin Verlander.

The Giants’ hitters had 11 hits off of the Tigers pitching including six off Verlander giving them a five run lead through the first four innings. Verlander only last four innings and was pulled in favour of Al Alberquerque who didn’t fair much better against the Panda and his teammates.

But what has been most surprising for the Giants since going down 3-1 in the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals?

Their pitching.

And it continued in Game 1 of the World Series.

Starter Barry Zito pitched 5 2/3 of one run ball before Tim Lincecum came in from the bullpen to shut down the Tigers over 2 1/3 innings.

For the Giants to take the series, they will have to continue this trend with Madison Baumgarner taking the hill in Game 2 tonight.  Baumgarner is 0-0 in his career against Detroit with a 1.23 ERA.  In his career at home, Baumgarner is 10-3 with a 2.38 ERA.

The Tigers will counter with 28-year-old Doug Fister who finished this season with 10-10 record and a 3.45 ERA.  Fister has never pitched against the Giants which could be an advantage, however the righty has been around the league for a few years and you can be sure the Giants will have tape on the young Tigers starter.  Fister will need his team’s bats to come alive as well seeing as the hits didn’t come until the later innings of Wednesday’s 8-3 loss.

It will definitely be an interesting series with first pitch of Game 2 set for 8:07 EST.

Tune in to see if Sandoval can continue with his hot bat or whether the Tigers will be able to even the series up before heading home for Game 3.

HR Swing

Photo belongs to Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

HR Reaction

Photo belongs to Danny Moloshok/Reuters

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