World Series Game 1: Grading San Francisco Giants' Top Offensive Players

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after hitting a solo home run to center field against Al Alburquerque #62 of the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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After pummeling Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the World Series by a score of 8-3, the San Francisco Giants offense is on a roll.

The Giants amassed eight runs on 11 hits on Wednesday night, including five runs on six hits against 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP Verlander, and will look to take ahold of the series when Game 2 starts at AT&T Park on Thursday night.

Unless you live under a rock, you heard about Pablo Sandoval's history-making night, but Kung Fu Panda wasn't the only Giant supplying the offense in Game 1.

Here are the grades for San Francisco's top three offensive players from Wednesday night:


Buster Posey

Buster Posey has been disappointing this postseason for the Giants.

Even after going 2-for-4 with one RBI in San Francisco's Game 1 victory, he's still hitting just .204 with a .327 slugging percentage and .630 OPS in the playoffs.  

Posey accounted for one of the eight runs driven in, but let's be honest, it came in garbage time. Posey singled in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend the Giants' lead to seven, but he still recorded a strikeout in the game.

For a guy who hit .336 and drove in 103 runs during the regular season, Posey has certainly had trouble finding his stroke come October.

Luckily for Posey, Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval have come to play this postseason, but if they somehow go cold, San Francisco is in serious trouble with Posey's lack of production at the plate.

Grade: C+


Marco Scutaro

Marco Scutaro has been the hottest hitter in baseball during the postseason.

After hitting an even .500 during the NLCS and earning NLCS MVP against the St. Louis Cardinals, Scutaro went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the Giants' 8-3 win in Game 1.

Scutaro came up clutch in the bottom of the third, singling to center field to score Angel Pagan and gave San Francisco a 2-0 lead on Verlander.

Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Scutaro again singled to score Pagan, giving the Giants a six-run lead that they never relinquished.

Scutaro was a thorn in the side of Tigers pitching on Wednesday, seeing 18 total pitches and making the most of them. For the entire postseason, the veteran Scutaro is batting .365/.411/.442 with seven RBI and 10 runs scored.

Grade: A

Pablo Sandoval

I'm sure you can already predict Sandoval's Game 1 grade, but in my defense, how can you top what he did on Wednesday night?

Kung Fu Panda made history in Game 1 when he jacked three home runs in his first three at-bats, joining the company of some of baseball's greats, as displayed in this ESPN Stats & Info tweet.

Babe, Pujols, Reggie and... Pablo Sandoval? The only players to hit 3 HR in a World Series game. #PandaPower

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 25, 2012

Sandoval completed his night with a single in his fourth and final at-bat, going 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. What's more impressive is the fact that the Giants' third baseman accumulated 13 total bases on a mere 11 pitches.

Even when Verlander tried to go out of the zone, Sandoval was able to make contact and hit it a long way, circa Vladimir Guerrero style.

Grade: A+

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