Freddy Sanchez Hits Three Doubles, Sets World Series Record In Game 1 Win

Wednesday night, the Giants got production from nearly their entire order, as everyone but Pat Burrell and Tim Lincecum wound up with hits. But of all the guys that shined, no one shined brighter than second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Against Cliff Lee in the bottom of the first inning, Sanchez hit a ball off the plate outside, shattering his bat. The ball, though, sailed past Mitch Moreland at first base and carried on down the right field line, allowing Sanchez to make it into second with a broken-bat double.

In the bottom of the third, Sanchez came up against Lee and this time ripped a ball into left field for a double that drove in the Giants' first run of the game.

And in the bottom of the fifth, Sanchez stepped in against Lee one more time and drove a high fastball into center field, where it would come down, allowing Andres Torres to score from second and Sanchez to replace him. Not only did the hit give the Giants their first lead; it was Sanchez's third double in three at bats.

Freddy Sanchez became the first player in baseball history to hit doubles in his first three World Series at bats. He also became the tenth player to hit three doubles in a World Series game, and the first player to do it since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007.

Not bad for a guy who's supposed to be a table-setter.

Sanchez would end up on second base again in the eighth after grounding a ball down the right field line, but Vladimir Guerrero bobbled the ball, and Sanchez wound up with a run-scoring single. It was initially ruled his fourth double of the game before the official scorer called it a hit and an error.

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