PHOENIX -- Angel Pagan lashed his 13th triple of the season in Saturday night's first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the most any Giant has amassed since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958.Pagan had shared the record with Willie Mays (1960) and Steve Finley (2006). Pagan, the current Giants center fielder, at once reveled in his accomplishment and paid tribute to Mays, the club's center fielder for the ages. "It means a lot," Pagan said after the Giants' 3-2 victory. "Willie Mays, to me, is one of the best players ever to step on a baseball field. To be right next to names like that, it makes me very happy." Finley happened to be on the premises at Chase Field, where he participated in a D-backs' alumni game. He critiqued Pagan, who he had frequently seen perform on television. "You wonder why he hasn't broken out yet," Finley said. "He has a great swing, he can run, he can throw. As you play the game for a long time ... if guys have the tools, sometimes they figure it out and it seems like he's figured it out. He's always been a good player with all the tools." Pagan, San Francisco's leadoff hitter, broke the mark by driving Arizona left-hander Wade Miley's 1-1 pitch to left-center field. The ball caromed past center fielder Adam Eaton, encouraging Pagan to steam toward third. The play initially was scored as a double and an error on Eaton, but was changed to a triple. Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery initially informed Pagan that he had received credit for only a double. He didn't mind.
"I was just more excited that I was on third base with nobody out in the first inning," said Pagan, who scored the game's first run on Marco Scutaro's groundout.
Melky remains among statistical leaders
PHOENIX -- One month to the day after Major League Baseball suspended him for a performance-enhancing drug violation, Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera remains a presence in the lists of National League statistical leaders.Cabrera, who received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone, remains the NL's leading hitter with a .346 average. With 501 plate appearances, Cabrera is one shy of automatically qualifying for the NL batting title. But he would win the title if he were still to have the league's highest average with a theoretical addition of one at-bat (an 0-for-1). His average would stay at .346 anyway. This process gave San Diego's Tony Gwynn the NL batting title in 1996, when he hit .353 but had 498 plate appearances. The addition of four at-bats would have given Gwynn a .349 average, five points better than the runner-up, Colorado's Ellis Burks. Cabrera also entered Saturday ranking second in multihit games (52), tied for fifth in triples (10) and sixth in on-base percentage (.390). Reflecting his balanced production, he also was among the top 10 in home and road batting averages (.324/.367), day and night batting averages (.314/.369) and averages against right- and left-handed pitchers (.327/.395).
Posey shifts to first base for mild respite
PHOENIX -- The Giants' previous five games averaged three hours and 25 minutes, partly explaining Buster Posey's start at first base on Saturday against Arizona.Posey has started 24 games at first, compared with 101 at catcher. During the aforementioned five-game stretch, Posey caught four and played first base once. So Bochy maintained his habit of moving Posey to the infield to break up the grueling monotony. Bochy noted that he intends to use Posey behind the plate in Sunday's series finale, which also factored in Saturday's switch. "He'll tell you [playing first] is a little bit of a break," Bochy said. "We've played some long games -- that's my fault, I guess," he added, referring to his multiple pitching changes. Posey was cognizant of the recent spate of prolonged games. "If the game ends by 8:30, I'll be happy," Posey jokingly said before batting practice. The first pitch was thrown at 5:10 p.m. PT.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.