Angel Pagan hoped he would be in the batter's box with a chance to win the game. And, in this case, an opportunity to give the World Series champions some much-needed momentum.
He came through by lining a game-ending double to right field with one out in the ninth inning, and the San Francisco Giants returned from a rough road trip to beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Friday night.
Santiago Casilla (2-1) struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for the win. Shortstop Brandon Crawford made a great pickup on Jesus Guzman's grounder for the second out.
Luke Gregerson (1-2) gave up Gregor Blanco's leadoff bloop single to shallow left to start the rally, then pinch-hitter Andres Torres reached on a fielder's choice after an unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempt and stole second before coming home on Pagan's hit. It was Pagan's first game-winning hit since last July 1 against the Reds - also a double.
''It's one of those situations you want to be the guy,'' Pagan said. ''I wanted to be in that si...