Former Hudson baseball standout makes heads-up play for Giants

DENVER, CO (AP) - A video of Monday night's heads-up play by former Hudson baseball standout Brandon Belt is making the rounds on the Internet. The play took place in the Colorado Rockies-San Francisco Giants game.

"If you like a crazy play that has a little bit of everything, you're in luck, because the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco giants provided one Monday night," Mark Townsend wrote in a blog that appeared on's Big League Stew.

According to the blog, Belt's play took place in the second inning of the game. Tyler Colvin, a player for the Rockies, smacked a "one-hopper" that hit Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong in the lower leg.

"after striking Vogelsong, the ball would roll slowly toward the first base line, allowing Buster Posey to scoop it up and make an attempt on Colvin at first. Initially, that part didn't go well either for San Francisco because Posey's throw deflected off first baseman Brandon Belt's glove," Townsend wrote in his blog. "However, instead of bouncing into short right field, allowing Colvin to advance, it hit umpire Eric Cooper and fell at his feet."

At that point, Colvin made a dash for second base. However, Belt quickly retrieved the ball and applied the tag to Colvin "to record a wild third out." Colvin was credited with a single, and the Rockies held on for a 6-5 win, the blog stated.

Belt, 24, is a graduate of Hudson High School. After playing at the college level for San Jacinto College North and the University of Texas at Austin, he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 5th round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his Major League Baseball debut on March 31, 2011 in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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