Pablo Sandoval just joined an elite group of men who have hit three home runs in a single World Series game. Sandoval joins Albert Pujols, Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth, the latter who achieved the feat on two occasions.
Sandoval stepped up to his first at bat and belted his first homerun of the game, he then repeated the feat on his next two at-bats.
The sluggers performance helped the San Francisco Giants power past the Detroit Tigers for an 8-3 victory.
After the game Sandoval told reporters:
“I still can’t believe it. When you’re a little kid, you dream about being in the World Series. But I wasn’t thinking about being in this situation, three homers in one game, you know?”
Sandoval hit his three home runs in the first, third and fifth innings as the crowd of 42,855 at AT&T Park cheered him on.
The sluggers performance also helped Barry Vito earn the win after pitching for five and two-thirds innings.
Pablo Sandoval’s three run performance was only the ninth three-homer performance in postseason history.
The Giants were helped along by an uncharacteristically bad Justin Verlander who lasted just four innings while giving up six hits, five runs and one walk.
After the game Verlander said of his performance:
“I knew I was out of sync, but sometimes during the course of a season, you get out of sync.”
You may recall that Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run triple off Verlander during this years All-Star game.
Are you impressed by Pablo Sandoval’s performance in game one of the World Series?