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Panda returns: Top 5 Pablo Sandoval Moments with the San Francisco Giants

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants reacts against the Kansas City Royals during Game Seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants reacts against the Kansas City Royals during Game Seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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5. First-career walk-off home run

What’s more exciting than hitting a walk-off home run?

Sandoval had a chance to live that dream scenario on May 12, 2009.

With the Giants down 7-6 with two outs and two on against the Washington Nationals, Joe Beimel served up a 2-2 changeup down the middle of the plate that Sandoval didn’t miss.

As a right-handed hitter, a side he has struggled with, Sandoval’s homer reached the seats in deep left field, as the Giants went on to win the game 8-6.

The San Francisco Giants had been ahead in the game late, blew the lead, but came back to win on the walk-off.

Although the Giants missed the postseason in 2009, they went 88-74 after a rebuilding 2008 year. With Sandoval came the emergence of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Brian Wilson.

That core helped the Giants win World Series championships in 2010 and 2012.

Sandoval would hit another walk-off home run against the Nationals four years later.

This time, that home run happened in extra innings.

And then 2013 was a miserable year for the San Francisco Giants, but it started off well for Pablo Sandoval.

Here is one of the more memorable moments from that year:

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