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Powerless Giants Make History in Game 1

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    NEWSLETTERS

    In the regular season, the San Francisco Giants spent their time in the cellar when it came to home runs as a team, and they ended the season in that same spot with just 103 bombs on the season — last in all of baseball.

    Of course, as we've seen, that's not a barometer of success, but in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, the Giants put on a power display against the Detroit Tigers, and it was all thanks to the guy they like to call "Kung Fu Panda".

    Pablo Sandoval was dialed in all night, and against one of the top pitchers in the game, Justin Verlander. His first three at-bats of the night all resulted in a slow trot around the bases as he became just the fourth player in MLB history to homer three times in a World Series game, joining the likes of Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and, of course, Albert Pujols, who did it last year against your Texas Rangers.

    Of course, the Giants offense had the same label in 2010 when they beat the Texas Rangers by scoring 29 runs in a 4-1 series win for the world title. So yeah, these guys don't have a lot of name power in their lineup other than Sandoval, Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, but they know how to score runs, just like back in 2010.