The following is from Brandon Belt’s solo home run in the sixth inning off Huff. No, not that Huff. David Huff, the left-handed Cleveland Indians pitcher. I happened to be taking photos when Belt cranked a fastball to deep right, between the Salty Señorita section and the foul pole at Scottsdale Stadium.
Brandon Crawford hit a 2-run HR into the stands into that section earlier in the game, up and over the bullpen. That accounts for all the runs the Giants scored in a 4-3 loss on the day before their day off. Belt and Crawford will be counted on to play a lot this season, and they look ready to go. Too bad it’s still early March.
“Both have been swinging the bat well. Good to see. Forget the home run Crawford hit. Against a lefty he gets behind, good at-bat to work the walk there (two at-bats after Belt’s HR),” Bochy said. “Belt’s been right on since Spring Training started. He’s thrown out good at-bat after good at-bat.”
It was a good day for the Brandons. It also looked like a funny day for Belt, as you’ll see in these photos.
I waited for Belt in the clubhouse and asked him what Flannery said that was so darned amusing. Sorry guys, Belt wasn’t talking.
“It’s kind of between us. It’s just kind of like an inside thing. We had been talking about it before. Came up in the right situation, ended up doing that and everything that came together was just funny. That’s all I can say,” Belt said.
My guess is the Giants’ third base coach said something inappropriate. Which is crazy, because stuff like that never happens on a baseball field.
You can listen to my short conversation with Belt about the HR, the reaction, and how he has been hitting this Spring (today’s HR was his third, and his average is .480) by clicking “play” below.