The San Francisco Giants won Game 1 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers tonight at AT&T Park. The game, by all definitions, was amazing, at least for the Giants. It was a game in which a lot of things unexpected happened.
- Pablo Sandoval hitting 3 home runs, two against Justin Verlander
- Barry Zito going 6.2 innings of 1 run ball
- Did I mention Sandoval hit 3 home runs; 2 against Justin Verlander?!?!
- Verlander lasting 4.0 innings and giving up 4 earned runs
- One more Pablo reference, he went 4 for 4, 4 RBI, and 3 HR
The night belonged to Sandoval, as he gave the Giants a lead in the first inning with a home run, doubled the lead in the third with a two run bomb, and for good measure hit another bomb in the fifth. He ended the night with a single in the seventh.
Zito pitched brilliantly again, yielding one run, on six hits, and even chipped in an RBI. Tim Lincecum relieved Zito retiring seven batters in a row, 5 by the strikeout. Lincecum, by all accounts has been solid as a relief pitcher this postseason. After George Kontos gave up a 2 run home run in the ninth, Jeremy Affeldt came in and threw one pitch to end the game.
Sandoval, Zito, and Lincecum really were all standout tonight and it made me happy to feel confident with Panda batting, and with Zito and Lincecum on the mound. It may only be Game 1, but I have a good feeling so far.