Buster Posey is the only player that was on the Giants’ Game 1 lineup in both 2010 and 2012.
Tonight’s World Series Game One featured a pitching matchup of Justin Verlander versus Barry Zito.
- So, of course, by the end of the third inning, Zito’s Giants were up 4-0 on the Tigers.
– In his first AB of the night, Pablo Sandoval hit a home run on an 0-2 pitch.
— Via @JeffFletcherOCR, Verlander had allowed just four home runs on an 0-2 pitch in his career, and none in 2012.
—- Once again, a pitcher having an awesome postseason gets shelled by the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series. 2010, anyone? (Cliff Lee was 3-0 with an 0.75 ERA at the time. Verlander was 3-0 with an 0.74 ERA entering tonight.)
In Sandoval’s second AB of the night, he hit a second home run.
- Only 32 players have hit two-or-more home runs in their career against Verlander (via @bloggingbombers).
– Verlander’s four inning appearance is his shortest, excluding rain delays, since June 2010.
— In his third at bat, Sandoval joined the likes of Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols by hitting three home runs in one World Series game. Via @joelsherman1, In 71 games and 259 ABs from May 2nd to September 18th Sandoval hit three home runs… or as many as he hit in his first three at bats tonight.
—- Al Alburquerque has never allowed a homer in the regular season, but he has now allowed two in 4.1 postseason innings.
Via @csnbaggs, tonight is just the second three home run game in ATT Park history. The first was the very first game there, and the home runs were hit by Kevin Elster.
- Via @sammillerbp, in this season only three Giants hit three or more home runs at AT&T Park.
The Giants have six homers at ATT Park in the postseason, which is notable because they hit 31 in the regular season (82 games). Tonight is just the seventh home postseason game for the Giants.