Belt, Pagan bear witness to two fateful moments amid perfection


Belt, Pagan bear witness to two fateful moments amid perfection

SAN FRANCISCO Gregor Blanco provided the impossible catch.In a recipe for a perfect game, thats the leavening agent.

But Matt Cains perfect night included two other dashes offate Wednesday night.

There was Chris Snyders deep drive that looked gone,sounded gone and felt gone but got pushed back into the field of play, whereMelky Cabrera caught it with a leap near the wall.

And there was Jordan Schafers foul down the first base linein the fourth inning, which missed being a double by the width of a protractor.

Schafers ball was one of five two-strike fouls in a10-pitch at-bat that ended in a strikeout. Umpire Mike Muchlinski did nothesitate to make his call. Replays were inconclusive, as the ball appeared tohook directly over the bag.

The view from first baseman Brandon Belt: It was veryclose. It hit before the bag, Maybe a millimeter of the ball might have hit thechalk. But the way it was hooking, it was definitely foul.

Houston manager Brad Mills came out to argue briefly. If theball was indeed fair, it wasnt an egregious mistake like the one in JohanSantanas no-hitter on June 1.

There was something more than human error, or lack thereof,at work in the sixth. Snyder boomed his drive and it had the unmistakable soundof a perfecto wrecker.


Ohh yeah, Cain said. I mean, I thought it was a homerun. I think we all did. I know he barreled it up. I dont know if he got justa little under it or something happened, or wind came off the glove and pushedit back. I have no idea how that ball stayed in the park.

The view from center fielder Angel Pagan: The ball wasntgoing out. It was out. Then it cut back. It was 10 rows back but then it bananacut. Ive never seen anything like it.When

Pagan went to the plate the next inning, he askedSnyder about it.

He said, Yeah buddy, I got the whole thing, Pagan said.

It was not like the wind knocked down everything hit hard.The Giants hit three home runs for the first time in a home game this season.(They entered this series with six in 32 home games; theyve got five in twonights against the Astros staff.) Even Blanco appeared to hit a pop-up thatsomehow carried into the right field arcade.

So what interceded on Snyders ball? Something divine?

Angels in the outfield? Pagan said. Not just an Angel.Its angels.

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

Giants lineup: Bochy places Arroyo right behind Posey vs Dodgers

After recording his first hit in the big leagues, the Giants are making Christian Arroyo into Buster Posey's protection vs. the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers (10-11)

1. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
8. Andrew Toles (L) CF
9. Alex Wood (R) P

San Francisco Giants (7-14)

1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
6. Joe Panik (L) 2B
7. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Giants call up Morse, place Span on DL, put Crawford on bereavement list

Giants call up Morse, place Span on DL, put Crawford on bereavement list

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants scored 10 runs on the last road trip and three over the first two games against the Dodgers. They made a move Wednesday to try and address that issue. 

Michael Morse had his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento as part of a flurry of roster moves that included the call-up of Kelby Tomlinson. Brandon Crawford was put on the three-day bereavement list to attend the funeral services of his sister-in-law, Jennifer Pippin. Denard Span was placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder sprain and Jarrett Parker (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a roster spot for Morse.

Morse, 35, came to camp with the Giants after a deal struck with Bobby Evans at Hunter Pence's wedding. It was his last shot at playing professional baseball, and as April approached, Morse had shown enough to be in position to make the opening day roster. A strained left hamstring ended those plans, but Morse stayed in Scottsdale to rehab before joining the San Jose Giants and River Cats. He was 5-for-20 in six rehab games but the reports given to team officials stated that he was having good at-bats. 

Morse was a popular presence during the 2014 title run, hitting 16 homers in the regular season and a huge one off Pat Neshek in the NLCS-clinching win over the Cardinals. The Giants could use his power bat in left, at first base, and off the bench. A struggling and banged-up team could also some personality added to the clubhouse, and Morse is always ready in that regard.

Tomlinson was optioned to Triple-A at the end of spring training. He was batting just .220 for Sacramento, but he gives the Giants a versatile glove with Crawford out.