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Pablo Sandoval: Nine Times Three

The nine post-season three-home run games.

Pablo Sandoval: Nine Times Three

The Giants´ Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs in three consecutive at-bats during Game 1. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
The Giants' Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs in three consecutive at-bats during Game 1. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Pabdo Sandoval's three-home run game Wednesday was the ninth in baseball's postseason history (see full list below) and the third over the last two postseasons (72 games). Before that (1903-2010), there had been just six in 1,293 postseason games.

Notable:

♦ Sandoval's performance was the first of those nine in Game 1 of a series.
♦ His 12 regular season homers are the third fewest among the nine that have done so (see RS).
♦ Only one of the nine came in a loss (George Brett in 1978).
♦ The Giants now join the Yankees and Rangers as teams to have and allow a postseason three-homer game.

 Date  Player  Team  Rd.  Opponent    Gm.    Result  RS  
 Oct. 6, 1926  Babe Ruth  Yankees  WS  Cardinals  4  W 10-5    47
 Oct. 9, 1928  Babe Ruth  Yankees  WS  Cardinals  4  W 7-3  54
 Oct. 3, 1971  Bob Robertson  Pirates  NLCS    Giants  2  W 9-4  26
 Oct. 18, 1977    Reggie Jackson    Yankees  WS  Dodgers  6  W 8-4  32
 Oct. 6, 1978  George Brett  Royals  ALCS  Yankees  3  L  5-6    9
 Oct. 13, 2002  Adam Kennedy  Angels  ALCS  Twins  5  W 13-6    7
 Oct. 4, 2011  Adrian Beltre  Rangers  ALDS  Rays  4  W 4-3  32
 Oct. 22, 2011  Albert Pujols  Cardinals    WS  Rangers  3  W 16-7  37
 Oct. 24, 2012  Pablo Sandoval  Giants  WS  Tigers  1  W 8-3  12
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