I wonder if the Giants have St. Louis reliever Fernando Salas to thank for their sudden red hot streak.
The Cardinals were beating San Francisco 8-1 in game four of the National League Championship Series, about to go ahead three games to one, when manager Mike Matheny brought in Salas to mop up.
The result was a long, seemingly meaningless two-run homer to San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The blast didn't seriously threaten the Redbirds at the time as their lead remained at five runs in the last frame.
But I asked a buddy as it sailed over the wall if the Cardinals may have awoken the slumbering Giants slugger by serving up a go fer ball to a guy who had an ice cold bat.
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Not only did Sandoval muscle up to help slug San Francisco to a three-game comeback against St. Louis. But he cracked three home runs Wednesday in the first game of the World Series, becoming the fourth man to do so.
Sandoval, who did a whole lot of nothing before the fateful blow against Salas, has been completely on fire ever since.