Posey: Timmy just got better as the game went on
Buster Posey's only other homerless month of his career was May of 2011 -- when Scott Cousins wiped him out. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey hit his first home run since July 20 on Monday, he made three throws after fielding three balls in play and one of them started your garden variety 2-6-4 double play (although replays told a different story).
Looks like he can play through this fractured ring finger on his throwing hand after all.
I was curious if Posey’s homerless August was the first time he’s gone a calendar month without going deep. Turns out there’s one other month: May, 2011 – when Scott Cousins wiped him out at the plate.
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Hunter Pence’s streak ended after 18 games reaching base via a hit or walk.
How about this? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ehire Adrianza became the first Giant to score a game-winning run in extra innings while making his major league debut since John Davis on Sept. 9, 1941, at Pittsburgh.
Adrianza slid across the plate in Sunday’s walk-off win. How crazy would it have been if he had done it two nights in a row? He pinch-ran for Pablo Sandoval in the ninth but was stranded at second base when Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon made a running catch of Gregor Blanco’s deep drive.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy praised Tim Lincecum for being able to make an adjustment after struggling to keep his fastball down in the early innings. He pitched to contact and 107 pitches carried him through the eighth.
(And yes, Bochy said he let Lincecum throw one more inning to give him another shot at the team rallying to make a winner of him. At least he didn’t walk away with a loss.)
This was the first start in Lincecum’s career in which he completed at least eight innings and struck out three batters or fewer.
“That’s what won the game for us,” Bochy said. “He kept it close and allowed us to come back.”
Bochy indicated that starts like these are what Lincecum must be able to conjure as he makes a career transition to try to become a consistent winner with tamer stuff. He’s not in Zito territory, but they’re similar in one respect: If you’re going to pitch to contact, it’s vital that you can trust the guys behind you to make plays. So often this season, that hasn’t been the case.
“That’s what we’re most pleased with is the defense,” said Bochy, leaving out a Michael Cuddyer blooper that fell in shallow right field and Lincecum not covering the plate, allowing Nolan Arenado to score from second base on a nubber.
Bochy was right in one respect. Too often, tough plays haven’t been made. This time, they were – including several by Pablo Sandoval, who has been sieve-like for most of the season. The Giants simply haven’t taken away enough hits this year.
“Tonight balls were hit hard and we made plays, and double plays,” Bochy said. “There were tough ground balls and we handled them. We’re playing like the team that we are now.”
Too late to defend their crown, though.