You hear all the high-decibel rips on Hector Sanchez or "Hacktor" as some fans call him. He's never going to hit. He's too fat. No way that ham-fisted catcher can handle a championship-caliber staff.
And you want to yell "For God's sake: He's 23. They brought him to the majors at 22 to back up a soon-to-be Most Valuable Player and he hit .280 on a team that won the World Series."
But you need not scream when Sanchez's bat does it for you in the most clutch situation.
The Giants were one strike away from being swept for the second consecutive year at Nationals Park on Thursday down two runs when an increasingly patient Sanchez built the count against closer Rafael Soriano to 2-2 took a very close pitch for ball three then turned on another high fastball and sent his woebegone team into a rare state of delirium.
With two runners on Sanchez drove the ball high into the dusk and just inside the right-field foul pole - his first homer of the year and first career pinch homer - to giv...