After three innings of Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, the San Francisco Giants hold a 4-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers. The Giants took the lead in the first inning when third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit a Justin Verlander pitch over the center-field fence for a solo home run. After Verlander got the first two batters out in the third, Angel Pagan reached second base when a slow grounder hit the third base bag and caromed away from Miguel Cabrera. A Marco Scutaro single up the middle brought Pagan home. Sandoval's second homer, an opposite field shot to left, doubled the Giants' advantage.
Detroit threatened in the top of the first, when Omar Infante singled off Giants starter Barry Zito. Miguel Cabrera followed with a walk, putting runners at first and second with one out. However, Prince Fielder popped out and Delmon Young grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat. The Tigers have not advanced a runner into scoring position since that inning, as Zito has held the Tigers to two hits and struck out two batters.
Until the fluke Pagan hit, Verlander has been nearly perfect. The Tigers ace finished his first turn through the Giants lineup with no walks and three strikeouts, but the Pagan hit clearly rattled the righty, allowing San Francisco to rally.