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Panda returns: Top 5 Pablo Sandoval Moments with the San Francisco Giants

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants reacts against the Kansas City Royals during Game Seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants reacts against the Kansas City Royals during Game Seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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2. Game-tying hit against the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS

The Giants were already up 1-0 before playing Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, so they were playing with house money when they were down 1-0 with 2 outs in the top of the ninth. Jordan Zimmermann shut down the Giants for 8  and 2/3 innings.

Then, Joe Panik coaxed a walk. That’s when the series changed.

Nationals Manager Matt Williams pulled Zimmermann and put in his closer Drew Storen–a move that would end up haunting Williams and the Nationals fans for years.

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The next batter, Buster Posey, singled on the first pitch, setting the stage for the Panda.

Sandoval took a 94 MPH fastball and roped it down the left field line for a game-tying double. Posey, after a replay review, was out trying to score the go-ahead run.

The Giants would stay alive for nine more innings, as Brandon Belt‘s 18th-inning, tie-breaking home run would be enough to seal their 2-1 win.

And the 2-0 series lead proved huge as San Francisco went on to win  the series 3-1.

In the World Series that year, Sandoval would have another big moment, breaking a 4-4, sixth-inning tie in Game 4.

Obviously, the San Francisco Giants went on to win the World Series that year.

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