Friday, May 29, 2015

The 5-year anniversary

Buster Posey replaced Bengie Molina as the Giants starting catcher 5 years ago today. The Giants won that game 12-1 to lift their record to 26-22. Posey went on to become Rookie of the Year and get three World Series rings. The only other guy who played that night for the Giants and is still on the team was Sergio Romo.

So it was fitting that he crushed a 2-run HR tonight as the Giants went into 1st place with a 4-2 vic. Here's part of Alex Pavlovic's report for CSNBay Area....

SAN FRANCISCO -- For once, the “MVP! MVP” chants at AT&T Park weren’t aimed at Buster Posey. The catcher did, however, remind the sellout crowd that he can still do the heavy lifting. 
On a night when Stephen Curry and his family watched from the front row, Posey hit a two-run blast in the first inning and later added an RBI double in a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. The win, coupled with a Dodgers loss in St. Louis, moved the Giants into sole possession of first place in the National League West. They were 5 1/2 games back as late as May 15. 
The Giants entered with a streak of 37 consecutive scoreless innings at home and they tied their franchise record (set by the 1948 New York Giants) when Tim Hudson got through the first two innings. 
The Braves got on the board in the third, but just barely. Andrelton Simmons was on third with two outs when Cameron Maybin shot a bouncer up the middle that hit off Hudson’s glove. Brandon Crawford scooped it up with his barehand and made an off-balance throw to first, but Brandon Belt couldn’t complete the scoop. The infield hit finally got an opponent on the board here at AT&T Park. 
Posey hit a 95 mph fastball from Mike Foltynewicz out to left in the first, but the hard-throwing rookie was dominant from then on. He touched 99 mph a few times while pitching into the seventh, and only was pulled because A.J. Pierzynski couldn't handle a pair of strikeout pitches that got to the backstop in the seventh and loaded the bases. 
The Giants wouldn’t bring an insurance run across during that inning, but Posey added one in the eighth with a double that scored Joe Panik. Crawford's single gave the Giants a three-run lead that was cut into when Freddie Freeman took Santiago Casilla deep in the ninth. 


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