Leadoff Pagan Salute
Everyone remembers the 2012 NLDS as the series that the legend of Hunter Pence was born. Fans can also never seem to get enough of the Buster Posey grand slam home run off Mat Latos because it was off Mat Latos. And because it was Buster Posey. And because of the catcher’s reaction the second it was hit.
But before there was a Game 5, there was a Game 4, and Game 4 began with an Angel Pagan solo home run. The Giants were down 2-1 in the series and needed to pull off a miracle by winning two road games to advance. No better way to start than to be up 1-0 out the gates and put instant pressure on the home team.
Ross Hit Singles Too
Cody Ross seemed to be the only hitter for the Giants for most of the 2010 postseason. It’s easy to remember his home run off of Roy Halladay, which broke up a no hitter.
However, it was a single he hit in Game 1 of the NLDS that gets lost. It shouldn’t because it was the only run in a 1-0 game, and yet nobody seems to remember Ross and his RBI single.
Mostly, because the headlines were all about Lincecum and his 14 strikeouts and complete game shut out. If it wasn’t for Ross, though, the game would have had to go to extra innings as it was the only run of the game.
Bonus moment from Game 1: Robin Williams leads AT&T Park in a pre game cheer. RIP Robin.