Whenever the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants get together, wild, crazy and strange things tend to happen. Not necessarily on the field either, as the Giants have thrown several accusations in the Rockies direction over their use of the humidor at Coors Field and most recently the possibility that Troy Tulowitzki may be stealing signs.
It's a bonafide rivalry, one-sided as it may be in the standings. Not a physical feud, or at least not recently, but the games are always intense and often lead to something memorable. And there's really no better example of that than what happened at AT&T Park on Saturday.
Trailing by one in the ninth inning, Colorado extended the game on a two-out single from Charlie Blackmon. The next batter, Brandon Barnes, hit a sinking line drive to center field that Angel Pagan misread and took a lousy angle to, allowing it to roll to the wall. It was a nightmare scenario considering Barnes' speed, and Colorado's fill-in right fielder rounded the bags in a flash, sliding home head first with a go-ahead, two-run inside-the-park home run that ultimately proved to be the difference in Colorado's 5-4 win.
There could be some debate about whether or not it should have been ruled an error on Angel Pagan, but rarely will you see an official scorer rule that way on a mental gaffe. Had it rolled between his legs or bounced off his glove, that changes things a bit, but in this case it was a pure misjudgment of the worst kind for San Francisco.
Now, are you ready for some irony? On May 25, 2013, the same Angel Pagan actually hit a walk-off inside-the-park home run against the same Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park in the tenth inning. Weird, if not a little bit freaky. Before that, the last game-winning inside-the-park home run in the final inning was hit by Tampa Bay's Rey Sanchez, also against the Rockies.
As for Barnes, the home run was his second of the season. The other came on June 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field, and it too was an inside-the-parker. He entered 2014 with nine career homers over two seasons. All nine were of the conventional variety, and it appears he'd like to get back to that formula pronto.
''I'd really like to hit one out so I can jog around the bases to make it easier,'' said Barnes. ''I always seem to make it hard on myself. I hit the ball and I'm going to run hard until something stops me.''
The Rockies will take whatever production they can get with Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer currently on the disabled list. With both expected to be out until around the All-Star break, Barnes, who's hitting .306 in 58 games, is definitely one of the guys they'll be relying on heavily as they look to stay relevant in the NL West.
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