As hard as Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee have pushed baseball fans to label this playoffs as the Postseason of the Pitcher, Buster Posey did his part last night to ensure that at the very least the subtitle reads: And his battery mate too.
What did the rookie catcher do for the Giants in their 6-5 victory over the Phillies?
- Why not kick things off with an RBI single in the first inning to open the scoring.
- Might as well add an RBI double in the third inning to make the score 2-0for the Giants.
- Now, let’s try making the defensive play of the postseason in the fifth by taking an Aaron Rowand short hop, blocking Carlos Ruiz at the plate and emerging victorious in some catcher-on-catcher violence to record the out.
- We could toss in another double in the seventh.
- Then wrap it up with a single in the ninth inning that advanced Aubrey Huff to third base before Juan Uribe’s game winning sacrifice fly.
Not bad. Not bad at all.
And The Rest
If you’re interested in further game summarizing, you can’t do better than checking out Look Out Landing’s amazing recap. Like fun I will.
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