San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan has been playing very well so far this season, especially at AT&T Park. Pagan continued his hot streak at home with a walk-off victory against the San Diego Padres Friday night.
Pagan is batting .318 with nine RBI, two doubles, one triple and 14 runs in 66 at-bats this season. Those are very good numbers through 17 games. However, his statistics improve that much more when he steps to the plate in San Francisco. Pagan is batting an impressive .379 with four RBI, two doubles and one triple in 29 at-bats.
With the exception of his 0-for-4 performance Thursday afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers, Pagan has recorded at least one hit in four of his last five games. Despite the Giants getting swept by the Brewers in the series, the 31-year-old’s solid work at the plate and in center field has helped San Francisco achieve 10 wins in 17 games.
The interesting part about Friday’s walk-off is that it almost did not happen the way it unfolded. With Andres Torres on first base after a botched bunt that forced Gregor Blanco out at second base, Pagan had a chance to win the game with a well-placed hit. Torres, who wanted to make up for his poor bunt, decided to steal second base.
“I wasn’t going to swing,” Pagan told SFGiants.com. “I could see him in the corner of my right eye. He got an incredible jump.”
Pagan then followed it up with a double down the right-field line on a 2-0 slider to score Torres for the game winner. Pagan finished the game 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run.
It will be interesting to see if he will be able to keep up his top notch performance at home over the next few weeks.