Pablo Sandoval, known as “Kung Fu Panda” because of his girth, became the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game as the host San Francisco Giants won the opener 8-3 against the Detroit Tigers.
The San Francisco Giants, who lost their best reliever and top hitter during the season, completed the comeback from a two-game deficit by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in a decisive Game 7 to reach the World Series for the second time in three seasons.
Matt Carpenter took advantage of his opportunity, coming off the bench after Carlos Beltran’s injury to hit a two-run home run that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a rain-delayed 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.
Raul Ibanez pinch-hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning and won it with another homer in the 12th as the New York Yankees took a 2-1 lead in their Major League Baseball playoff series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval hit home runs to lead the San Francisco Giants to an 8-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds, forcing a decisive fifth game tomorrow in their National League Division Series.
David Wright and Angel Pagan each drove two runs and Alex Cora knocked in one as the New York Mets held off a late-game rally by the Yankees last night at Citi Field and evened their series with a 5-3 win.