Pablo Sandoval's walk-off homer in Game 162 costs Giants No. 1 pick in 2018 draft
A loss would've clinched next year's top pick for San Francisco, but Pablo Sandoval had other ideas
, there was only race of importance on Sunday, the final day of the regular season. That was the race for the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft.
- Giants clinch No. 1 pick with a loss or a Tigers win.
- Tigers clinch No. 1 pick with a loss and a Giants win.
That's all Folks! Pablo walks off the season! Until next year!!! pic.twitter.com/FUl3zixL3N— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) October 1, 2017
The walk-off dinger raised Sandoval's batting line to .220/.265/.367 overall and .225/.263/.375 with the Giants. Ouch.
Kung Fu Panda's walk-off homer opened the door for the Tigers to steal the No. 1 pick away, and they did exactly that against the Twins (MIN 5, DET 1). Anibal Sanchez came through with a five-inning, three-run-outing to take the loss.
So, thanks to Sandoval's walk-off homer and Detroit's loss, the Tigers now hold the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft, not the Giants. All San Francisco had to do was lose to clinch that top pick! But nope, Sandoval walked it off.
The Tigers, by the way, went 6-24 in September and 13-41 in their final 54 games of the season.
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