Talking Giants Baseball: A San Francisco Giants/Baseball Blog: Pagan Lifts Giants Over Reds

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pagan Lifts Giants Over Reds

By Vince Cestone
Twitter @vintalkingiants

Great American Ballpark has been a house of horrors for the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants snapped their seven-game losing streak in Cincinnati on a dramatic ninth-inning home run by Angel Pagan. Coming into Thursday's game, the Giants had lost seven straight games in Cincinnati.

San Francisco appeared poised for an eighth-straight loss early in the game. The Cincinnati Reds jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, exacerbated by starting pitcher Homer Bailey's single.

After the Giants tied the game with a fourth-inning, two-run rally, the Reds reclaimed the lead in the sixth on a two-run homerun by Jay Bruce, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead.

The Reds took a 5-3 lead into the ninth inning. After a lead-off walk by Joaquin Arias, Ryan Theriot singled.

This set the stage for new Giant Angel Pagan. Pagan fell behind 1-2 to closer Sean Marshall, but launched the next pitch over the left-field wall to turn the game around and give the Giants the lead at 6-5.

Giants' interim closer Santillago Casilla shut the door in the bottom of the ninth, striking out the side on 14 pitches.

Ryan Vogelsong received a no-decision, pitching 6 innings, giving up four earned run on seven hits. He was bailed out of a loss by Pagan in the ninth inning.

Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a fourth-inning single. No one in Giants history has began a season with such a streak.


I did not see the game today, but listening on the radio, this was a great baseball game.

If this were the 2011 Giants, they would probably scratch and claw two runs--which would have led to another sweep at the hands of the Reds.

Not the 2012 Giants.

The offense is much better, so this should make for an exciting season. Although the Giants are just 10-9 on the year, imagine where San Francisco would be with last year's offense.

Makes you wonder. Got to love baseball! and contributed to this article.

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