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.