Brown's first homer a curtain-call moment

Giants backup catcher breaks up no-hitter with game-tying shot

April 9th, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO -- So much happened to Trevor Brown on Friday night, because he made so much happen.

With one swing in the eighth inning, Brown made possible the Giants' 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit his first Major League home run, ending the no-hit bid launched by Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling. He tied the score. He received his first curtain call from the delirious Giants fans at AT&T Park. He received "60-something" text messages afterward, as if to confirm his feat.

"That game, in general, is something I'll never forget," Brown said.

Giving Buster Posey a rest, the rookie catcher struck out in his first two plate appearances against Stripling, who no-hit the Giants for 7 1/3 innings. Then, when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts removed Stripling out of concern for the rookie's long-term health, Brown greeted Chris Hatcher, Los Angeles' initial reliever, by planting a 3-1 pitch in the left-field seats.

"I almost fell coming out of the box, too," Brown said. "I don't know if you saw that."

Brown maintained his footing, though after his trip around the bases he couldn't have been blamed for levitating straight to heaven as his teammates informed him that all those roaring fans were cheering for him, giving him the curtain call with which he was unfamiliar. As he related, the other Giants instructed him to respond: "Brownie, get up there," they said.

If the fans hadn't given Brown a prolonged ovation, the Giants certainly would have done so.

"That was awesome," said shortstop Brandon Crawford, whose 10th-inning homer won the game for San Francisco. "We're only five games in, but obviously that's the most fired up we've had our dugout. First of all, to break up the no-hitter and then tie the game in the same swing was a huge momentum shift for us."

Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, "It's hard to get a bigger hit than what [Brown] did there for us."