Pablo Sandoval And The Giants Rocked Detroit For A Shocking Game 1 WinErik Malinowski10/24/12 11:35pmFiled to: World SeriesMLB PlayoffsJustin VerlanderPablo SandovalNewsSportsBaseballAppicTop541EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink There were many predictions being tossed around in the minutes before Game 1's first pitch, but what most folks generally agreed upon was that Tigers ace Justin Verlander would have little-to-no problem with this Giants lineup. By the same token, there was no chance (right?) that Barry Zito, who pitched a $100 million game in saving San Francisco's skin in Game 5 of the NLCS, could possibly repeat the same delicate command and mixing of speeds that he displayed in that virtuoso performance. As it turns out, Verlander was out after four innings, having given up five runs on 98 pitches, while Zito baffled Detroit's lineup all evening, needing only 81 pitches to breeze through five and two-thirds. Three home runs from Pablo Sandoval supplied more than enough offense and the Giants pulled out a dominating, almost easy 8-3 win over the Tigers to take a 1-0 lead in this 2012 World Series.