SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Michael Morse displayed his hitting prowess and his sense of humor Wednesday. He could have used a little more of the former, and he needed plenty of the latter.
Morse crushed two opposite-field drives to right field during the Giants' 10-5 Cactus League loss to the Oakland A's that should have been home runs. Except Oakland's Josh Reddick retreated to the warning track, timed his leap perfectly and reached over the top of the 10-foot barrier to rob Morse both times.
Comparing Reddick to Spider-Man, the fictional superhero with otherworldly leaping skill, Morse said, "He's known for doing that, man." Prompting laughter from reporters, Morse added, "I'm happy to help him work on it in Spring Training, I guess."
After making his first catch in the second inning, Reddick victimized Morse again two innings later.
"I thought I hit it good, but then when I saw him going back I said, 'Oh, no, not again,'" Morse said, "I was like, 'There's no way he can catch it again.' But he did. That's baseball. You never know what you're going to see."
Following the second catch, Morse caught Reddick's attention, grinned and tapped his chest as if to say, "What did I do to you?" Morse joked later, "I thought we were friends."
Results aside, making solid contact encouraged Morse, San Francisco's projected starting left fielder.
"My approach is my approach. I believe in it," Morse said. "I don't try to hit it to right field. I try to hit it to the gaps. I try to hit the ball where it's pitched. Today I had two balls that were middle-away and I put good wood on them."