There are crazy endings in baseball and then there’s the finish to the San Francisco Giants game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. We needed 10 innings of baseball to get there but Angel Pagan gave us one wild and memorable finish when he belted a walk-off home run that never left the ballpark. With a runner on second, Pagan hit a fly ball that bounced off the centerfield wall and took a wild hop that allowed Pagan to round all the bases and win the game.
We’ve had inside-the-park home runs hit in the past, but rarely are they hit in the kind of spot to was on Saturday against the Rockies. You’d have to go back to June 12, 2004 to get to the last game that ended on an inside-the-park home run. In that game, Ray Sanchez got the win for the Tampa bay Devil Rays and it took until Pagan and Saturday night to have it happen again.
Having a game won on a walk-off home run is one of the most exciting possibilities in sports, but while watching the ball sail high over the outfield wall to win a game in extra innings, we learned on Saturday that it’s far more entertaining and all out wild to win a game with a player sailing around the bases while the ball bounces around the outfield grass.