Sandoval becomes fourth player with three-HR World Series game


Sandoval becomes fourth player with three-HR World Series game

Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro showed up ready to play in the World Series, entering their names in the Giants history books by compiling a number of impressive stats early on in Game 1.

- Pablo Sandoval recorded the fourth ever three-home run game in World Series history and the ninth three-home run game in MLB postseason history. He is the first player to go deep three times in a World Series game since Albert Pujols in 2011. The first man to do it was Babe Ruth in 1926. Ruth did it twice. Only Sandoval, Pujols, Ruth and Reggie Jackson did it in the World Series.

- Pablo Sandoval became the 10th player ever to have multi-home run game in Game 1 of a World Series, and the first switch hitter. Chase Utley was the most recent in 2009.

- Pablo Sandoval joined Benny Kauff (1917) and Jeff Kent (2002) as only Giants to record a multi-home run game in a World Series game.

- Pablo Sandoval hit the first first-inning home run by a Giant in a World Series since Mel Ott did so in 1933.

- Marco Scutaro tied the Giants franchise record for longest postseason hitting streak:
Longest Hitting Streak in Postseason History
Irish Meusel 1921-'22 11
Marco Scutaro 2012 11
Al Dark 1951-'54 10
Cody Ross 2010 10
Chief Meyers 1911-'12 9
Jo-Jo Moore 1936-'37 9

- Pablo Sandoval set the Giants' franchise record for the longest postseason RBI streak:
Longest Streak with RBI in Postseason History
Pablo Sandoval 2012 6
Barry Bonds 2002 5
7 Players 4
Longest RBI Streak All-Time: 8 (Lou Gehrig, Ryan Howard, Alex Rodriguez)

- Barry Zito extended the Giants' streak of games with an RBI from a pitcher to four. Over the past four games, Zito has two RBIs while Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong each have one.

- Barry Zito became the fourth ever pitcher to get a hit off Justin Verlander. Adam Eaton was the last to do so on June 17, 2007.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took his time walking off the mound after Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out to replace him in the eighth inning.

Moore wanted to enjoy the ovation from the crowd at AT&T Park, something he hadn't heard for quite some time.

Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

"It's something that I think is one of the coolest parts about playing here, is just how loud it can get and the appreciation coming off the hill," Moore said. "It was definitely nice to have that."

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

"He's got a good rhythm going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It looks like he's playing catch with (catcher Buster Posey), that's the effort he's putting in it right now. I think it's helped his command on all his pitches."

Moore credited a calmer approach in his last two starts.

"For a lot of the season I was overthrowing," Moore said. "It's just too much to be gritting that much through. After the break that was something I was working on, making sure I'm not white-knuckling too much stuff."

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

"We got four hits (and) Alfaro had two of them," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "The bats just ain't there right now."


Starting pitcher Zach Eflin (1-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over five innings for the Phillies and later complained of tightness in his right shoulder. Eflin has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors. "As the fifth inning came to an end it was more of a precautionary thing to come out because it wasn't feeling right at that point," Eflin said.


Posey has hit safely in 20 straight games against Philadelphia, the longest hitting streak of his career against any team.


Phillies: Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.