DENVER -- Brandon Belt's monstrous blast traveled 475 feet according to MLB.com and its new technology. ESPN Stats & Info, for so long the record-keeper for homers, had it at just 437.
The man who hit it said the shot was so pure he barely felt the contact. As for the official distance ...
"I mean, I'd like to think they're both wrong," Belt said, smiling. "I'll take the higher number. I keep on thinking, if the stands weren't there ..."
Belt wondered aloud how they calculate the distance on a ball that was still screaming when it hit the third deck at Coors Field. He knows one thing, that's about as hard as he can hit a baseball.
"That's all I got," he said. "You're probably not going to see one harder than that. That's probably off the wall in San Fran, though."
In San Francisco, this night might have been an easy stroll in the park. The Giants were cruising, Ryan Vogelsong was pitching a gem and Belt's ball truthfully would have landed in McCovey Cove as the 69th splash hit by a Giant. But Coors is gonna Coors, and so it was that the Giants ended up calling on their closer two hours after a seven-run lead had been handed to Jeremy Affeldt.
"It's just nice to get a win," manager Bruce Bochy said, leaning back in his chair after a game that lasted more than five hours all told. "That's a typical Coors Field win. I've been in a few of those."
The Giants pulled away with four in the top of the seventh, only to watch the Rockies answer with four unanswered. The Giants then scored four in the top of the ninth, only to struggle with the final three outs. Before and after the delay, Affeldt was hit hard. But Santiago Casilla was there to save the day, even if the tying run did come to the plate. When it was over, the teams had 19 runs on 27 hits, and yet here was the line that stood out in the box score:
Ryan Vogelsong: 6 innings, 0 runs.
At Coors Field. On a night like this.
"A great job by Vogey, a super job," Bochy said. "He's kind of found the fountain of youth there. He's been pitching as well as anybody."
Vogelsong has given up just three total runs in his past four starts. He was generally pleased with his fastball command and said he had a good curveball on this night, but there's no magic bullet, he said.
"I'm just really focused on trying to make my pitch and hit the glove as many times as I can," he said.
It sounds simple, and yet in this house of horrors it never is. Eight pitchers came into this game and six gave up runs, with five different guys allowing at least three runs. But there was Vogelsong, shoving for six innings to give the Giants a lead that they couldn't give up no matter how hard they tried at the end.
"For him to go out there and shut them out for six innings, he did an awesome job," Belt said. "Nobody was putting the good part of the bat on the ball."
Well, Vogelsong did. As he spoke to reporters, his face and body seemingly drained, Matt Cain snuck over with a mischievous grin on his face.
"How'd you feel about your at-bat?" Cain asked, referring to Vogelsong's well-struck double to the gap.
"That's all I got," Vogelsong said.
On this night, that was more than enough for Belt, Vogelsong and the Giants.
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--- Not that the Giants need another starter at the moment, but ... Jake Peavy in his first rehab game: 3 1/3 innings, 1 hit, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts. He threw 50 pitches, and according to San Jose Giants broadcaster Joe Ritzo his fastball was in the 87-90 mph range.
--- Old friend alert! The Dodgers traded for lefty Eric Surkamp, a former Giants starter who was in the White Sox minor league system. Surkamp had a 2.81 ERA in 10 relief appearances and one start for Triple-A Charlotte. He's a good dude, and I will forever wonder how that 2012 season would have turned out had he not gotten hurt during the spring. For a while there, it looked like the Giants would have little choice but to give Barry Zito's rotation spot to Surkamp. Instead, Surkamp had Tommy John surgery and Zito started his season with a shutout here at Coors Field and ended it with two of the biggest wins in franchise history.
--- Just when you think you've seen everything in this game, the home team decides to hold a fireworks show in the middle of a rain delay. It was actually one of the better ones I've seen, and it was absolutely a bizarre addition to this night. Here's the beginning of the show.
Several Giants snuck out to the dugout to watch, but Bochy stayed back in his office.
"I didn't see it," he said. "They told me they're going to go ahead and do it. That's fine. I heard it was a good show. I'll be honest, I was hoping they would run the fireworks and then say go home."