SEATTLE Brandon Belts friends and family have T-shirtsthat say, Keep Belt awkward.
His teammates understand just what that means.
You already know about how Belt mistakenly sat in Matt Cainsseat seven innings into a perfect game last Wednesday. Now hear the tale fromthe perspective of Ryan Vogelsong, who was witness to it all.
Oh yeah. I gave him the evil eye, said Vogelsong, afterpitching the Giants to a 4-2 victory at Seattle on Friday. I was getting readyto say something when Matt came over. I didnt want to say, Hey, get out ofhis seat.
Belt got the picture and quickly moved over. He sat next toVogelsong. The conversation from there:
What are you doing?
I have no idea.
Yeah, that wasnt the smoothest move youve ever had.
Said Vogelsong: If he hadnt gotten the perfect game, Idhave been all over him. I was razzing him pretty bad, anyway.
Belt said he thought Vogelsong would try to kill him.
I was thinking that, said Vogelsong, matter-of-factly. Butthen I thought, Well, we probably need him to play first base.
Cain was perfect, of course. And Belt got to live. Good thing forthe Giants, too, because he hit another double that led to a run Friday night.Belt has a streak of four consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Cains phone is still ringing after Wednesdays perfectgame. He got a voicemail from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, with a message ofcongratulations. Cain still hasnt recorded a Top Ten list for the Lettermanshow, though hes been invited to do so.
Buster Posey, asked what got the Giants going on their binge of eight home runs in four games
"I think what really got us going was Bumgarner's homer."
He said it with a smile. But it's true. Pitcher Madison Bumgarner is the guy who snapped a streak of 16 consecutive games without a homer at AT&T Park, the longest in franchise history. if the streak had gone one more day, it would've matched the longest by an NL team since the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers.
Roberto Kelly is here with the team after getting hisappendix taken out a few days ago. But hitting coach Hensley Bam Bam Meulenscontinues to coach first base. Kelly said hes hoping he can get back to thecoaches box on Monday in Anaheim. He said he has to be able to react to a linedrive before doctors clear him. Not sure how you practice that
Tough news for outfield prospect Roger Kieschnick, who has afractured bone in his shoulder and will be out until at least mid-August.Kieschnick hurt himself at the end of May when he crashed into the wall whilechasing a fly ball at Sacramento. The ball went for a walk-off homer. Thatspretty much the definition of adding insult to injury.
Kieschnick, who has a history of back problems that derailedhis minor league career, had 14 home runs in the first 51 games for Triple-AFresno.