Panda returns: Top 5 Pablo Sandoval Moments with the San Francisco Giants
3. Big double gives Giants the lead in Game 4 of 2010 NLCS
In 2010, Pablo Sandoval was benched in the postseason after struggling at the plate and with his weight issues.
But he was a weapon off the bench for at least one game.
The Giants were in a seesaw game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.
The Giants were down 4-3 in the sixth inning with runners on second and third and nobody until Sandoval came up as a pinch hitter.
He lined one down the right field line that was just foul. Then, on a 1-2 pitch, he took a high and outside fastball from Chad Durbin and sliced the left-center field gap.
Both runs scored, and the Giants had a 5-4 lead.
San Francisco went on to win the game 6-5 on Juan Uribe‘s walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth.
The Giants took a commanding 3-1 series lead with the win and won the series 4-2 in Philadelphia.
Sandoval didn’t do much else in the 2010 postseason, but that small moment helped the Giants eventually win their first World Series in San Francisco.
And it was a precursor for what was to come from Sandoval in 2012, which would become Sandoval’s best moment with the San Francisco Giants.