The best advice when not being able to figure out a puzzle is to put it aside for a while and come back at a later time; the solution usually becomes clearer. Perhaps Buster Posey’s day off last night is just what the doctor ordered for this season.
Usually batting in the cleanup spot, Posey took over Pablo Sandoval’s normal spot at 3rd in the batting order for the San Francisco Giants. Posey had his best day offensively in the 10-0 rout of the Colorado Rockies, getting three hits in five at-bats with three runners batted in.
Posey was just one home run shy of the cycle, hitting a triple out of the gate in the first inning and bringing in Angel Pagan. He then had a ground-rule double in the second inning that was sure to bring in Pagan again if it didn’t bounce into the stands. Giants starter Barry Zito instead was able to walk in easy.
Both of those hits came off of Rockies’ starter Jeff Francis, who gave up seven hits and four earned runs in just 1.2 innings pitched.
In the fifth inning, Posey had his third hit of the day, a single off of Chris Volstad while bringing in Zito again. Each of Posey’s hit brought in a single run on the day.
Posey also got to home plate twice on the day, only being able to reach once before this season April 2nd against the Los Angeles Dodgers. To put other offensive stats in comparison, Posey had just five hits, one double and one RBI in his last seven games combined before Wednesday’s game.
Whether it was the day off, the new position in the lineup, or just a hearty breakfast, Posey was finally unleashed for the first time this season.