The San Francisco Giants were trying to pull closer to the top of the National League West on Saturday afternoon when they took on the Colorado Rockies, who were tied for the division lead coming into the game. However, as the Giants headed into the bottom of the tenth inning, they looked like they might fall further behind the top of the division as they trailed 5-4.
That’s when Angel Pagan, with Brandon Crawford on base, pulled off an extremely rare feat by hitting a walk-off inside-the-park home run to give the Giants a 6-5 victory and put themselves in position to be at the top of the division as they trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by just a half game now.
Pagan’s inside-the-park home run was an extremely rare thing in the modern MLB game. It was the first inside-the-park job this season and the first walk-off inside-the-park homer since June of 2004 when Rey Sanchez did so, ironically also doing it against the Rockies and doing it in extra innings. Pagan’s home run was also the first walk-off of its kind for the Giants since Bill Terry did it in August of 1931.
Pagan has been okay this season, but the Giants could definitely use more from him. He’s currently hitting .262 with just a .688 OPS. He’s also hit just 10 doubles and three home runs while driving in 24 runs and scoring 30. He’s been productive, but the Giants could use another boost offensively. Perhaps this big, rare moment for Pagan will propel him to where he can be that guy for, at least, a brief period of time.