Pagan's two-run shot to deep right-center field at AT&T Park is the first time a game has been won with an inside-the-park homer since June 11, 2004, according to STATS. Tampa Bay's Rey Sanchez performed the feat in the 10th inning of an 8-7 victory over -- you know it -- the Rockies.
The last Giants player to perform such heroics with a home run that didn't leave the field of play was Bill Terry on Aug. 24, 1931, to give the New York Giants a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
“I was thinking at least three," Pagan said of his homer. "I was watching the ball and it didn't bounce too far from [the outfielder]. I'm thinking three but looking at the coach. He gives me the OK and I'm going for it.”
The Giants and San Francisco have been involved in two other rare inside-the-park homers.
Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is the only player to round the bases without clearing the fences in an All-Star game, doing so in 2007 at AT&T Park, while Giants shortstop Johnnie LeMaster is the only major leaguer to perform the feat in his first at-bat in the majors, oddly enough against future Hall of Famer Don Sutton on Sept. 2, 1975.
The only walk-off inside-the-park grand slam in the majors was hit by Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 25, 1956, in a 9-8 victory over the Cubs.
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