Sandoval Slams 3 HRs as Giants Win Game 1

San Francisco takes World Series opener at home against Detroit

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 24, 2012 10:38 PM CDT | Updated Oct 25, 2012 12:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Pablo Sandoval made this one easy for the San Francisco Giants. He hit three home runs in his first three at-bats as the Giants cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game One of the World Series tonight. Sandoval is just the fourth player in history to homer three times in a championship game—Albert Pujols last year, and gents by the name of Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth before that. He added a single later to go 4-for-4. Bleacher Report has more on his feat, and it notes that Sandoval had just 12 homers in the regular season.

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning.
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts after hitting a home run during the fifth inning.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts at home after hitting his third home run of the game during the fifth inning.
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts at home after hitting his third home run of the game during the fifth inning.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning.
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera reacts on the bench during the fifth inning.
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera reacts on the bench during the fifth inning.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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