Humble Posey reaches historic milestone in Giants' 6-0 win

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Humble Posey reaches historic milestone in Giants' 6-0 win

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SAN FRANCISCO Bruce Bochy set a career-high in RBIs with22 on Sept. 8, 1986. Six months later, Buster Posey was born. Twenty-five yearslater, Posey became just the third Giants catcher since 1900 to drive in 100runs in a single season.I didnt know that; thats pretty cool, Posey said whentold he joined Walker Cooper, who drove in 122 in 1947, and Dick Dietz, whoracked up 107 RBIs in 1970. Posey also became the first Giant since Barry Bondsin 2004 to reach triple digits.Bochy, a man who often put on the tools of ignorance, knowshow hard it is to accomplish that feat as a catcher.Its quite a milestone, especially for a catcher, Bochysaid. Those guys have to take a lot of time off. They get banged up prettygood back there.Posey took "banged up" to another level when his season was cut short on May25, 2011. But that collision at home plate, replayed so many times on everysports television program across the country, is now a distant memory.Despite the long odds for Posey to be as productive as he has been for the 2012Giants, Bochy is not surprised that his catcher joined the century club. Heexpected it, in fact.I did, to be honest. Thats how good I think he is. Itsbeen really pretty incredible how hes bounced back from that injury. We reallydidnt know how much we could play him and hes a special talent. Im notsurprised at what hes done.As expected, the hyper-humble Posey deflected most of thecredit for his milestone. I think an accomplishment like that cant be done withoutyour teammates, without guys getting on base, Posey said. The speed of guyson our team getting into scoring position, moving runners, its something thatI think is only accomplished when you have help from your teammates.The three hitters in front of Posey, Angel Pagan, MarcoScutaro and Pablo Sandoval, combined to go 4-for-12 Wednesday in the Giants6-0 win over the Diamondbacks. Even Matt Cain, who technically bats in front of Posey at No.9, collected two hits and scored the Giants first run.
RECAP: Giants 6, D'backs 0
You get lucky every once in a while, Cain explained.Luck was hardly a factor in Cains seven shutout innings, however. Despitethree inning-opening errors behind him, the longest tenured Giant needed just91 pitches to set a new career-high in strikeouts (he racked up six for 191 onthe season) and add to his career-best win total (he now owns 16).Posey, always so reserved when talking about himself, gushed (by comparison)about Cain.It seemed like he was really effortless tonight, Poseysaid. The ball was coming out good. He moved the ball around to both sides ofthe plate. He did a nice job.Cain said the errors, two by Brandon Crawford and one byBrandon Belt, motivated him more on the mound.Thats what you want to do as a pitcher when funky playshappen behind you if guys make errors, which is going to happen, Cain said. Itsthe same thing as when we make bad pitches -- were looking for guys to pick usup. I think we just have to put our head down and worry about getting guys out,not worry about letting an error affect anything.Bochy elaborated on how his unflappable starter stays sofocused on the mound.He doesnt get distracted.; if anything, he tries to pickthem up, Bochy said. He knows theyre trying out there. He never makesexcuses and thats what you hope a pitcher does when you make a few errors likewe did tonight.While Cain deserves plenty of praise for his outing and season-longperformance, the night was all about Posey. He received a standing ovation fromthe fans after his milestone RBI and got the ball back, even if he doesnt knowwhere to put it yet. While Posey may have a hard time patting himself on theback, Cain had no issue talking about how important his battery-mate is.I think his numbers show that. But I think what fans dontget to see is what he does in the clubhouse, and the way he prepares for games,the way he talks to guys. Hes really been an unspoken leader and hes beenthat way since day one. I think that shows a lot of his character.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 6-4 win over Cubs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 6-4 win over Cubs

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CHICAGO — This time, the comeback would not be completed. 

The Giants nearly gave away a six-run lead in their first game against the Cubs since the NLDS collapse, but they held on for a 6-4 win. Ty Blach was strong into the eighth, Joe Panik had a monster night, and Mark Melancon closed it out. The Giants are 3-1 on the road trip and have won eight of 10 overall. 

Here are five things to know from the first night back at Wrigley … 

--- Manager Bruce Bochy had to have a sick and familiar feeling in his stomach as he walked out to the mound for the third pitching change of the eighth. Hunter Strickland fell behind with two on, but he got Willson Contreras to bounce into an inning-ending double play.

---  Blach’s career numbers against the Cubs, including the postseason: 10 1/3 innings, 3 earned runs. The two relief appearances last October helped convince the staff he could make the transition. Turns out he’s pretty good against them as a starter, too. 

--- A perfect example of why Blach is so successful despite not having blow-you-away stuff came in the sixth. Albert Almora blooped a single to right and Blach alertly followed him to first, which had been vacated by Brandon Belt. Almora never imagined anyone was covering first, and when Justin Ruggiano threw behind the runner, Blach was there to catch the ball and fire it down to second to nab Almora, who had gone halfway. 

--- The Giants entered the night with a .351 slugging percentage, last in the Majors. John Lackey came in allowing opponents to slug .487, ninth-worst in the National League. Sometimes it’s all just too neat. The Giants had two homers and three doubles in five innings off Lackey. 

--- All three Giants homers were solo shots. That’s 18 solos in a row, three shy of the MLB record, held by the 2011 Giants.

Latest injury to Span has outfielder out of lineup again, in uncomfortable state

Latest injury to Span has outfielder out of lineup again, in uncomfortable state

CHICAGO -- Denard Span's first week off the DL showed what a game-changer he can be when healthy. Unfortunately for the Giants, he's no longer healthy. 

Span is out of the lineup Monday with a left thumb sprain and he's unlikely to be available Tuesday. Span has felt the discomfort for about a week and it got worse Sunday against the Cardinals.

"Yesterday was not fun. I got jammed the second at-bat and fouled a ball off and the rest of the game was bad," Span said, adding that hitting coach Hensley Meulens showed him video of his thumb instinctively coming off the bat during his later swings.

Span said his palm is swollen right near the thumb, and he was wearing a wrap on the area Monday. He is 13-for-43 with two homers and six RBI since coming off the DL, helping with the turnaround. Prior to the last homestand, Span missed 17 games with a shoulder injury.