Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/18/13
A guy with a theatrical voice should have grabbed hold of the Citi Field microphone before Tuesday night's game and said "Playing the role of Hunter Pence tonight will be Angel Pagan." Pence cooled off netting "only" an RBI single in an 8-5 victory against the Mets so former Met Angel Pagan carried the offense for a night. Pagan walked twice singled tripled home a run and hit a solo homer that broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning. He needed a double for his first career cycle but was on deck when pinch-hitter Roger Kieschnick struck out to end the ninth. "It would have been nice to have a cycle on Roberto Clemente's day" Pagan said referring to Major League Baseball's choice of Tuesday to honor the late Hall of Famer from Puerto Rico. "It was pretty awesome to have a night like this on the day they're remembering the best player from my country." The Giants might not be playing "awesome" baseball but they have won four in a row for the first time since a six-game streak in April and May. They have been a better team since Pagan rejoined them after more than three months away with his leg injury. The Giants were 27-22 after Pagan was shelved and are 11-7 since his comeback a 38-29 record with the switch-hitter active. During his time away they were 32-52. It's too simplistic to say the entire season would have been different had Pagan been healthy. His injury was far from the only thing that went haywire and the Dodgers' monster run had nothing to do with the lineup issues up north. But it's fair to speculate that the Giants would not be fretting over a possible last-place finish. "He changes our club" manager Bruce Bochy said. "There's no question about it. We'd be in a better situation than where we are now if we had Angel." Many fans wondered why it was worth risking a re-injury to bring Pagan back this season. Team officials said it was important for Pagan to prove to himself going into the winter that he could play at a high level. A power-hitting left fielder and sustained health would do more for the Giants in 2014 than the psychological benefits of a strong finish in 2013 but it cannot hurt. They have won seven of their past nine and still technically have not secured a losing record. "I think we can all see we're a good club. We're a championship team" Pagan said. "This happened to be a tough year more downs than ups. It happens to every team. The most important thing is to reflect on this year and use it as motivation. Right now we're playing pretty good. We've got to remember that next year."
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