Pagan sets Giants' home hit-streak mark

Pagan sets Giants' home hit-streak mark

Pagan sets Giants' home hit-streak mark
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants outfielder Angel Pagan set a franchise record during Friday's 4-3 win against the Cubs by hitting safely in his 25th consecutive home game.

"Every day I find a way to do something for the team, and look at this now -- I set a record," Pagan said. "But [I] have never been looking for that. I just go out there every day and try to do my best I can do for the team."

Pagan broke the mark established by Don Mueller from Sept. 13, 1954-May 5, 1955, when the club called New York's Polo Grounds its home. Pagan went 0-for-4 in the April 13 AT&T Park opener, but has collected at least one hit in each home game since then.

"It's meaningful for the team," Pagan said. "That means I'm doing my job; I'm getting on base."

Pagan eclipsed Mueller with a bloop single to right field off left-hander Paul Maholm in the third inning, and his teammates cheerfully greeted him when he returned to the dugout after getting forced out on Brett Pill's double-play ball.

"It feels good," Pagan said of his teammates' reaction. "It feels [as if] I'm valuable to [my] teammates with them supporting me, and that's what it's all about."

Pagan said hitting coach Hensley Meulens first told him about the streak before Friday's game.

The outfielder finished 1-for-4 on the night and is batting .356 (37-for-104) at AT&T Park this season.

Note: Though the Giants have been in existence since 1883, the franchise's streak records date back to 1918.