09/16/12 1:24 AM ET
Pagan sets San Francisco triples mark
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"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.