Pablo Sandoval — yep, he is nonetheless within the league — hits game-tying homer vs. Phillies’ ace Nola

Pablo Sandoval — yep, he's still in the league — hits game-tying homer vs. Phillies' ace Nola

Admit it. You didn’t even know Pablo Sandoval was on an enormous league roster this yr. 

It’s OK. Not lots of people apart from Braves followers — and Giants followers, as a result of their love for all issues Panda is everlasting and they’re going to all the time know the place he’s — knew that he’d made Atlanta’s Opening Day roster as an additional bat off the bench. 

Sandoval confirmed on Thursday that his unbelievable aptitude for the dramatic, a capability to rise to the largest moments, hasn’t left him simply but. 

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The Braves hitters had been being shut down on Opening Day by Phillies ace Aaron Nola, the right-hander who completed third within the 2018 NL Cy Younger race and averaged 10.7 strikeouts per 9 innings in 2019-20. And for six 2/3 innings P.P. — Pre-Panda — he was classic Nola. 

He was the kind of Nola who offers Phillies followers that unfamiliar feeling of their intestine, that this would possibly lastly be the staff that will get again into the playoffs for the primary time since 2011. Nola had scattered 5 hits and struck out six, working effectively into the seventh inning. However after he gave up a double to Christian Pache, Braves supervisor Brian Snitker introduced Sandoval in to pinch hit. 

And this occurred. Zero doubt from the second the bat related with the 0-2 pitch. 

It looks like Sandoval has been round without end, however he’s solely 34. He gained three rings with San Francisco after they had been happening that “win the World Collection title each different yr” factor: 2010, 2012 and 2014. 

Within the 2012 World Collection, he popped three dwelling runs in Recreation 1 — the primary two off Justin Verlander — and wound up successful the sequence MVP because the Giants swept the Tigers and he completed with a fair .500 batting common. And within the 2014 World Collection, he “solely” hit .429, with 12 hits in seven video games, after batting .400 within the NLCS. 

He left the Giants to signal a five-year, $95 million free-agent contract with the Pink Sox after the 2014 season and that was, by all measures, a bust. He hit simply .245 with a 75 OPS+ in 2015, then performed simply 35 video games over the subsequent two seasons earlier than he was launched. 

And never that that is fairly the identical factor, but it surely’s all the time enjoyable to level out that Sandoval has pitched two mop-up innings in his big-league profession — one in 2018 and one in 2019 — and he’s confronted the minimal six batters.

Here is hoping he sticks round many extra years. Simply do not anticipate to see him again in Boston. 

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