SAN FRANCISCO -- After just 22 games with the Giants, it already is crystal clear why Michael Morse is nicknamed The Beast. The new left fielder hit two homers Wednesday, but they weren't ordinary shots. Few with Morse are, actually.

Morse's first homer off Tyler Chatwood went a long way the opposite way, and was measured at 458 by ESPN's home run tracker, which calculates distance using analytics and atmospheric data. His second blast, a three-run shot that tied a game the Giants would later win, went 450 feet.

Morse was the third player since 2006 to hit a pair of 450-foot shots in one game, joining Edwin Encarnacion and Mike Napoli. Earlier this season, Morse hit one 449 feet off Bronson Arroyo at AT&T Park. He has three of the 14 longest homers of the season, and according to ESPN, just edges Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the longest average true distance (439.6 feet).

"He's got special strength," Matt Cain said. "When he hits balls well, they're going to go really far, but we're probably going to see him miss some balls and those will go out easily, too."

The Giants, not necessarily known for their thunder, have several impressive blasts this season -- Buster Posey hit one 453 feet in Arizona and Pablo Sandoval's slow start includes a homer off Chatwood estimated at 439 feet. And Hunter Pence, who hit a 476-foot dinger at Coors last season (the second longest of 2013), hasn't even gotten into gear yet. Pence and Morse are often called the "bromance" on Twitter, but during spring training, Pence joked that they needed a more powerful nickname.

"He's got tremendous power," Pence said after Wednesday's game, shaking his head. "That was really impressive."

The new left fielder already has tied last season's combined homer total for nine Giants left fielders and is ahead of his own distance pace from last season. Three of Morse's five homers have traveled further than any ball he hit in 2013, when a wrist injury cut into his production. He has a way to go to match his best recorded blasts, though: In 2011 he hit a homer off Matt Garza that traveled an estimated 466 feet and a year later he hit one 465 feet.

Morse, listed at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, shrugged off the numbers, saying he was just thrilled with the swings he put on the ball and pointing out that one of his best at-bats over the past week was a line drive Wednesday that found a diving infielder's glove. After getting robbed of two opposite-field homers in a spring game by Oakland's Josh Reddick, Morse said his swing is locked in when he's going to right field, and he did that in Denver while pushing aside a mini-slump.

"I felt good. I didn't try to do too much," he said. "I'm trying to get good pitches to hit and stay up the middle, stay short. I try to relax. Sometimes I get in trouble when I start trying to pull the ball. The first day here (at Coors Field), I was trying to do way too much.

"I pushed the reset button and went back to what works for me."

  • Buster Posey was 3 for his last 35 when the Rockies intentionally walked him in a lone pinch-hit at-bat Wednesday. Afterward, Posey said his timing actually doesn't feel that far off, and he doesn't think anything else is going on. He pointed out that everyone slumps, but it often doesn't take long to click.

    "That's just baseball, right?" he said.

  • Accoring to MLBTradeRumors.com, the Giants have signed first baseman Travis Ishikawa to a minor league deal. Ishikawa, who played four seasons for the Giants, will report to Triple-A Fresno, where the organization has little infield depth. Ishikawa was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season and could provide a bench option for Bruce Bochy down the line. The Giants have struggled to find bench production early on this season and there is no designated backup for Brandon Belt.

  • During an appearance on KNBR on Thursday, general manager Brian Sabean said Angel Pagan underwent tests on the off day and was diagnosed with a bone bruise on his kneecap. Pagan was out of the starting lineup Wednesday because Bochy felt he looked hampered while going 0 for 5 on Tuesday.

    "It's nothing that's going to prevent him from playing," Sabean said. "It's manageable."