Locked in a scoreless pitchers’ duel against the San Diego Padres, Hunter Pence pinch-hit in the ninth inning with Brandon Belt on first base and two outs. Pence sent a high popup behind second base and dropped his bat in disgust as headed toward first base. However, the ball dropped between Padres second baseman Alexi Amarista and right fielder Matt Kemp, allowing Belt to score all the way from first. http://www.giantsjerseyspro.com/denard-span-jersey-c-644/ ]

That’s my fault,” Kemp said, according to MLB.com. “There’s really not much to say other than it should’ve been caught. And that’s not Amarista’s ball, http://www.giantshotshop.com/willie-mccovey-jersey-c-762/ that’s my ball. It’s easier for me coming in to get the ball than him going back. I take all the fault for that.”

The Giants are getting all the bounces and have a 4 ½-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

We are truly blessed.

First base has always been a position of power in baseball — most teams stick their best bats there so they can avoid the wear-and-tear of a more active position. Jeff Samardzija Jersey But rarely has there been this much top-flight talent at the position.

The top seven on this list are perennial MVP contenders, and there are few teams in baseball who wouldn’t give up a ton to land the other three.

This might be the toughest group to rank, but here are the 10 best first basemen in baseball.

Carpenter gets on base 38 percent of the time and slugs . http://www.giantstopjerseys.com/jimmy-rollins-jersey-c-955/ 500.

Last year, before an oblique injury, he posted a line of .298/.420/. http://www.giantsjerseyssale.com/buster-posey-jersey-c-1074/ 568 — those are MVP numbers — and yet he’s No. 7 on this list.

That shows how good the crop of first basemen are, but also the skepticism around Carpenter and his power push of the last two seasons. If he can put up those of numbers again, we’ll have no choice but to believe it’s real.