Angel Pagan: Great Opener, Costly Error

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 18:  Angel Pagan #16 of the New York Mets reacts after his triple to score Ryan Church was called back as Church missed third base on the way to home against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 11th inning at Dodger Stadium on May 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Angel Pagan returned to the team and had quite an eventful game, in his first start off the disabled list.

At the plate, Pagan went 4-6 with a run, a double, and what should have been a game-winning triple.

Of course; Pagan caused the error, that created the situation in which the game was lost.

On an easy fly ball into the gap, Pagan failed to give way to Carlos Beltran, resulting in the ball dropping in, as the two outfielders attempted to avoid a collision.

The center fielder always has the right of way, and once called off, a corner outfielder's only responsibility is to back up the center fielder.

“Well, Carlos is the center fielder and he was calling for the ball. Angel, as talented and as quick as he is, he can be underneath a ball and really not know it, because you’re so used to covering that ground, but you’ve got to give way to the center fielder.” Source Metsblog.