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POLL: Memorable Giants moments -- Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off vs JT Snow rescues Darren Baker

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POLL: Memorable Giants moments -- Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off vs JT Snow rescues Darren Baker

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports Bay Area is looking back at the 60 most memorable Giants moments since the franchise moved from New York to San Francisco. Tune into SportsNet Central at 6pm to see the next two moments you can vote on! Then, after the Dodgers and Giants conclude, tune into SportsNet Central to see which moment will move on to the next round! Make your vote count!

1. Angel Pagan's inside-the-park walk-off home run on May 25th, 2013 (defeated Brandon Crawford's seven-hit game on Wednesday)

Angel Pagan liked to refer to himself as the "Crazy Horse." Never was that on display more than on the game-winning hit on May 25, 2014. With the Giants trailing the Rockies 5-4 with one on and one out in the 10th, Pagan skied a fly ball to Triples Alley. 

The ball smacked off the bottom of the wall and kicked away from two Rockies outfielders, and Pagan never broke stride. Third base coach Tim Flannery never wavered, either. Flannery waved Pagan the whole way and his headfirst slide was just ahead of the throw, setting off a raucous celebration at AT&T Park. 

Pagan became the first big leaguer in 10 years to end a game with an inside-the-park homer. He was the first Giant to do it since Bill Terry in 1931.

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2. J.T. Snow saves Darren Baker during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series

Darren Baker now plays baseball at Cal, but 16 years ago, he was involved in a memorable and scary moment at home plate. Then three years old, he served as bat boy for the Giants as they faced the Angels in the World Series. 

In the seventh inning of Game 5, Kenny Lofton hit a high drive off an archway in right field. J.T. Snow and David Bell raced home. "As I'm running towards home, out of the corner of my eye I see something dart out of the dugout," Snow said later. "I realize about halfway down that it's Darren running and he's making a beeline for the bat."

Snow reached out with his right hand as he touched the plate and scooped Darren up by grabbing a handful of his warm-up jacket a second before Bell crossed the plate. All was fine, although Dusty Baker said he got an angry phone call from his mom after the game.

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Jeff Samardzija placed back on the DL with shoulder injury

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Jeff Samardzija placed back on the DL with shoulder injury

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was clear on Saturday night that Jeff Samardzija still isn't right. On Sunday morning, Samardzija was put back on the disabled list. 

The right-hander lasted just four innings against the A's with diminished velocity and poor command, and afterward admitted that he had trouble getting and staying loose during the start. That has been an issue for Samardzija going back to spring training, and he will spend the final day before the break getting examined by team doctors and undergoing another MRI. 

Manager Bruce Bochy said he did not know what's next for Samardzija. He likely will need another extended break, although surgery has not yet been discussed. Bochy said Samardzija will throw a bullpen session at some point after the break to see if his shoulder has improved. He will get treatment throughout the All-Star break. 

Samardzija missed 18 games at the start of the season and then 35 more after he tried to return. Bochy credited him with trying to stay on the field and pitching through pain. 

"He's such a competitor," Bochy said. "He wants to be out there. He willed his way through four innings yesterday, I think."

To take the roster spot, the Giants added Kelby Tomlinson to the roster. Derek Holland likely will take the rotation spot after the break, although the Giants do not need a fifth starter right away because they're off after three games in Oakland next weekend. 

Giants have decision to make after Samardzija's shoulder acts up again

Giants have decision to make after Samardzija's shoulder acts up again

SAN FRANCISCO — Before the start of this three-game series, manager Bruce Bochy was asked whether he was ready to announce his second half rotation. Bochy was not, noting that he wanted to get through these three games. After the second game against the A’s, a 4-3 loss, he admitted that there’s now a discussion that needs to be had before any decisions are made public. 

Jeff Samardzija’s second start back from the disabled list was a step backwards. The right-hander admitted that he had trouble keeping his pitching shoulder loose, an issue that recently put him on the disabled list for 35 games. After that long layoff, Samardzija insisted he felt great. Clearly he does not, and the Giants have to decide when he’ll make his next start, or if he even will. 

“We’ll talk about it. We’ll talk about what we think is best,” Bochy said. “I’ll talk to Jeff on how he felt and how he feels tomorrow. He wants to be out there, but you can tell he was a little off tonight.”

Samardzija backed that point, answering a question about his health by talking about how much fun he’s having with this team and how he wants to contribute. But the Giants do not have much margin for error, and the first six innings Saturday seemed to indicate an intriguing choice moving forward. 

Samardzija gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in four innings, and only an impressive Steven Duggar catch in the gap kept it from being worse. Derek Holland, the man waiting in the wings, struck out the first five hitters he faced while throwing two scoreless innings of relief. 

Samardzija threw just 29 of 55 pitches for strikes and got three swings-and-misses. Holland got eight in much more limited time, throwing 19 of 26 pitches for strikes. Samardzija is known as the flamethrower, but his fastball maxed out at just 92.5 mph and he averaged around 90 mph with the pitch, which is 94-95 when most effective. Holland threw his fastest pitch of the season, a 94.7 mph fastball to Matt Olson, and averaged 93.3 mph with his heater. 

The timing lines up well for the Giants if they're ready to make a change. They have four days off, then three in Oakland, where Samardzija certainly would not be asked to pitch. After that, there’s an off day. If the Giants want to get creative or give Samardzija an extended breather, now is the time. Given his diminished velocity and lack of command, it’s apparent something needs to be done. 

“It’s a process right now,” Samardzija said. “(The shoulder) didn’t warm up quite the way we wanted it to. You go out there and do what you can do with what you’ve got. I’m not making excuses.”

Samardzija did keep the Giants in the game, and they had a shot even in the ninth. Blake Treinen, whose sinker is as nasty as it gets, walked a pair with two outs, but Brandon Crawford struck out. The inning was missing one component. Brandon Belt would have been due up second, but he was ejected after the fourth for arguing a check-swing call. Belt had been rung up by third base umpire Greg Gibson in the bottom of the inning on a questionable call. He argued as he took his position in the top of the fifth. Bochy said he would talk to Belt. 

“At some point, you’ve got to let it go,” he said. “Once he went out there and started arguing again, you’re going to get thrown out. That can’t happen in a game like this.”