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Angel Pagan hits strike four for a three-run game-winning homer

San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 25: Angel Pagan #16 of the San Francisco Giants points upward after hitting a home run during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Angel Pagan came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with the Giants down 5-3 to the Reds. Two outs One out. Two strikes on the batter. And then: heroics! A three run bomb off closer Sean Marshall that ended up winning the game for San Francisco!

Except ... check out the pitch right before the home run:

Pagan homer

That third one was the 0-2 pitch. And it was called a ball. The fourth one -- which was the fourth strike Marshall threw -- was the homer.

I know a pitcher has to shake off a bad call and make his pitches -- and it’s not like the umpire caused Pagan to hit it over the fence -- but man, it’s a lot harder of a game when you have to throw four strikes to a hitter and not just three.