SAN FRANCISCO The Giants knew in spring training thatBuster Posey would station himself well in front of the dish on plays at theplate.
They knew his ultra-conservative positioning would mean afew extra runs would score in 2012.
It was a bargain they were willing to make. As left-handerMadison Bumgarner said back in March, I agree with that 100 percent. One runsnot worth him missing the whole year again.
Posey has tried to stand out of harms way and execute swipetags all season. Hes had mixed success.
In the sixth inning on Saturday, he had no chance. Poseycaught the relay throw well before Hanley Ramirez arrived at the plate. ButPosey was stationed so deep in fair territory, there was no chance he couldreach back swiftly to record the out. The long arm of the law only extends sofar.
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It cost Barry Zito a fourth earned run, and the left-handerwas tight-lipped when asked whether he understood why Posey set up where hedid.
Yeah, its a tough situation, so said Zito, neverfinishing his thought.
This was just the second time that Posey and Zito havestarted together this season. The other time was in Zitos previous outing atPhiladelphia, in which he allowed three runs in seven innings and took a nodecision.
Well see if Zito works with Posey the next time. Probablynot, since Hector Sanchez is catching with no knee pain at Triple-A Fresno andcan come off the disabled list on Thursday when Zito is scheduled to face theNew York Mets.
As for Poseys positioning, we havent heard the last of thisissue. Its obviously not worth the risk when the reward is a 3-0 deficit insteadof a 4-0 deficit. Its a much different story if Ramirez represents the tyingrun, or the tiebreaking run.
And as games amplify in importance down the stretch, therewill be times when Posey will be required to be a wall at home plate.
Bruce Bochys view on how Posey handled the play in thesixth:
Its a tough play for a catcher when its coming down theright field line. Its tough to see where the runner is at. I thought we had agood shot at getting him, and he made it in there. Thats a play maybe withmore experience you know where youre at. Its a play weve been working on.
Pablo Sandoval told reporter Manolo Hernandez Douen ofBeisbolporgotas.com that he began stretching his strained left hamstring onSaturday. Until then, hed only received massage and other treatment. He plansto start taking ground balls on Wednesday. Hes not eligible to come off the DLuntil Aug. 9, and as Matt Kemp could tell you, theres no guarantee hell beready by then.
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Marco Scutaro didnt need to ask for No.19, which he worewith the As, Blue Jays and Rockies. Pitching coach Dave Righetti walked up andoffered it to him.
He said, No big deal, Scutaro said. That was kind ofnice.
As you might recall, it was an emotional gesture a few yearsago when Righetti offered his number to Kevin Frandsen, whose late brother D.J.had idolized the former left-hander.
Righetti switched to 46 back then. Hes wearing 33 now. Thatseems fitting, since Righetti is the father of triplets.