In 2010, Barry Zito was left off the postseason roster altogether and Pablo Sandoval was essentially a role player. The times they are a-changin'.
Zito picked up his 13th win of the season Thursday at AT&T Park and appears poised to take one of four spots in the playoff rotation. Sandoval hit a home run from each side of the plate for the first time in his career to lead an offensive charge in a 9-2 sweep-clinching win over the Colorado Rockies.
Sandoval snapped a 161 at-bat homerless streak in the first inning of Wednesday's win and one-upped himself in the series finale. He homered in the first inning again --- this time as a right-hander -- on a fastball from Rockies southpaw Jorge De La Rosa. Sandoval then took advantage of an inning-extending error in the fourth and, as a left-hander, turned on an 0-2 slider headed for his back ankle and deposited it in the arcade seats for a three-run bomb and a 7-2 lead.
Pablo powers Giants to win ninth straight Zito start
CSN Bay Area | Sep 21