Pagan sets San Francisco triples mark

Pagan sets San Francisco triples mark

Pagan sets San Francisco triples mark
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.