SAN FRANCISCO — Saturday's Giants win was one of the wildest in years, ending on Angel Pagan's walk-off inside-the-park home run.

But if manager Bruce Bochy had his way, Pagan's extra-innings heroics never would have been needed. Bochy has long been in favor of expanded instant replay reviews in baseball and again pushed for it after a game that could have ended long before Pagan's mad dash.

The Giants twice had promising rallies cut short by plays that were ruled incorrectly. Brandon Belt was called out at the plate in the sixth inning and Marco Scutaro was called out at third in the eighth. Replays showed that home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez missed both calls.

Bochy was ejected after the second call, a phantom tag on Scutaro, who was sliding into third and appeared to miss the glove by a couple of feet.

"You can't assume he tagged him," Bochy said. "That's a tough break."

The missed call was so apparent to the Giants that even third-base coach Tim Flannery, usually mild-mannered, angrily jumped into the fray.

"When I was managing in A-ball, Alfonso threw me out about once a week," Flannery said, smiling. "I told him, 'I don't argue much.' But they missed

(the tag) by two feet. It was a beautiful slide."

Bochy said he is a "proponent of review" and pointed out that the easiest change is to make plays at the plate reviewable.

"It's all about getting it right," Bochy said.


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Like several of his players, Bochy pointed out that the umpires are doing their best but will make mistakes at times.

"We don't have any control of calls," Pagan said. "They're human just like us. Everyone is going to miss things sometimes. They're human."

Earlier this month, Commissioner Bud Selig said his "position has evolved" when it comes to replay, and MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said he

hopes to discuss new ideas at the owners meetings in August.

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