Panda extends streak, but he'd rather have a win

Panda extends streak, but he'd rather have a win

KANSAS CITY -- When Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval doubled to lead off the fourth inning of Wednesday night's 7-2 loss to the Royals in Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium, he extended his postseason streak of reaching base safely to 25 games.

That streak ties him with Boog Powell for the third longest in history. Powell put together his streak as a member of the Baltimore Orioles from 1966 to '71. Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers is the leader at 31, set from 2011 to '13. Chase Utley had 27 straight for the Phillies from 2007 to '09.

Although Sandoval is proud of the streak, it is meaningless to him because of Wednesday night's result.

  Date     Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 21     SF 7, KC 1 video
Gm 2 Oct. 22     KC 7, SF 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 24     KC 3, SF 2 video
Gm 4 Oct. 25     SF 11, KC 4 video
Gm 5 Oct. 26     SF 5, KC 0 video
Gm 6 Oct. 28     KC 10, SF 0 video
Gm 7 Oct. 29     SF 3, KC 2 video
"I don't even want to talk about the streak. I don't want to talk about me," Sandoval said. "Even if I go 4-for-4, it means nothing if we don't win."

Sandoval, who will become a free agent when the World Series ends, is a player for the ages in the postseason. He's a .326 hitter with six homers, 18 RBIs, 12 doubles and 17 runs in 34 postseason games, all with the Giants in 2010, '12 and '14.

In the World Series, Sandoval's batting average jumps to .393. He tied a record in Game 1 of the 2012 Fall Classic, against Detroit, by hitting three homers in a single game, the first two off Justin Verlander. The record is jointly held by the man lovingly called "Panda," Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols. Sandoval hit .500 in the sweep of the Tigers and was voted MVP of that World Series.

This year, Sandoval is off to another good start, batting .333 over the first two games, this after batting .400 during the Giants' five-game victory over the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.

"He's a great player," manager Bruce Bochy said earlier in the postseason. "He's done a great job at third base, and he's a guy we lean on to give us some offense. He's a gifted player and a gifted hitter."

And this is obviously Sandoval's time of year.

Panda's playoff streak hits 25

"I just work on all my things and practice in the cage. I just try to do the best that I can," Sandoval said. "Game time's different, you speed it up a little bit more. I just try to do my job, manage the pressure out there and take the pressure off."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.