Sandoval homers twice off Verlander in Game 1

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Both of Sandoval’s homers came on 95 mph fastballs from Justin Verlander. The second one was an outer-half fastball that Sandoval sent to the opposite field and over the left-field fence.

FOX shows Verlander mouthing “Wow” as the ball cleared the wall. Verlander had allowed a total of two runs in his first three postseason starts this year before giving up four runs in the first three innings tonight.

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Nobody can get Scutaro out lately. The NLCS MVP batted .500 against the Cardinals, tying an LCS record with 14 hits. Big hit already tonight, too.

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FOX shows zany Barry Zito talking to himself in the dugout after he struck out against Verlander.

It was kind of fun watching Zito try to hit against a guy with such nasty stuff. Zito watched a two-strike curveball break low before swinging over the top of an off-speed pitch for strike three.

The Giants have won Zito’s last 13 starts, the longest active streak in baseball.

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That’s why Gregor Blanco is out there.

The defensive whiz just made a diving catch in left field to rob Miguel Cabrera of a hit with a runner on in the third inning. Cabrera put a good swing on the ball, just didn’t get it up in the air. Hard line drive. Good fortune for Giants starter Barry Zito.

Blanco made a spectacular catch in right-center to save Matt Cain’s perfect game in June. He’s an outstanding defender in the outfield, and we just saw why he starts for San Francisco.

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So far, Zito has the Tigers off stride a bit. He’s been able to get inside on the right-handers and he’s using all his pitches. Getting groundballs and keeping the ball off the barrel of the bat.

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