- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Justin Verlander is done after four innings and 98 pitches. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth with the Tigers trailing the Giants 5-0.

Verlander threw 66 of those pitches in his final two innings. The Giants really put some tough at-bats on him and made him work hard.

Pablo Sandoval became the fifth player to hit two homers in a game off Verlander, according to STATS LLC.

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Unbelievable. Opposing pitcher Barry Zito slaps an RBI single to left field off Verlander with two outs in the fourth inning to give the Giants a 5-0 cushion.

Delmon Young’s attempted throw to the plate hit the ground before it even reached the infield.

Wonder what kind of odds you could have gotten in Vegas on Verlander giving up a run-scoring hit to a pitcher?

Zito had a nice bunt single for an RBI in his previous start, Game 5 of the NLCS in St. Louis. Giants pitchers have an RBI in four straight postseason games.

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Young fails to run on a tapper right in front of the plate, so Giants catcher Buster Posey quickly tags him and throws to second for an easy double play in the fourth. Prince Fielder had opened the inning with a single.

Giants starter Barry Zito has thrown four scoreless innings, outpitching Justin Verlander to this point with San Francisco jumping out to a 5-0 lead.

The Giants look sharp, the Tigers don’t. Remember, the Tigers had five days off after sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

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The Giants are getting the good bounces so far. Angel Pagan hit a chopper toward third base that hit the corner of the bag and kicked into shallow left field for a two-out double in the third inning.

Red-hot Marco Scutaro follows with an RBI single to center on a 3-2 curveball and Pablo Sandoval hits his second homer of the game to make it 4-0 Giants.

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