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.


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.


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.


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.


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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