You know how when you were a kid and you hurt yourself, your coach, or your parents, or your teacher or your big brother would say: “walk it off”. I think someone must have given Buster Posey that advice somewhere along the line–because that’s just what he did.
I’ll be honest–when the game started I was a little nervous. In the 1st inning the 1st Rockies’ hitter reached on a GIANTS’ throwing error and advanced to 2nd on yet another error. Tim Hudson was pitching for the GIANTS and he pitched a great game. He went 8 innings allowing only 4 hits, 1 run, issued 1 walk and struck out 8. Buster handled the offense again–this time with a little help from his friends–he RBI’d 3 of the 4 runs scored.
The game was scoreless until the 4th inning, when Matt Duffy–who filled-in at shortstop to give Crawford a much-deserved break–hit a line drive to left field for a double. Gregor Blanco got him home with an RBI single. The Rockies scored a run in the 5th, tying the game. The score remained tied until the 7th inning, when Pagan drew a walk, advanced to 2nd on a throwing error when the Rockies’ pitcher tried to pick him off, then scored on Buster’s RBI single. Hudson gave up a hit to the Rockies in the 8th, but when the runner tried to steal 2nd, Buster jumped up from the squat and fired a rocket to Duffy who tagged the runner–before he was even close to the bag. At the end of 8 the score was:
GIANTS 2, Rockies 1
Bochy took Hudson out of the game to have Casilla pitch the 9th. Casilla hit the 1st batter he faced, who scored a run when the next batter he faced hit an RBI double. Game tied. In the bottom half of the inning, Crawford struck out, Pagan got a base hit, then Pence struck out. It all came down to Buster with 2 outs. I was hoping for a nice base hit–Pagan runs pretty fast–that’s all it would take to finish the game. But Buster had other plans. He hit a line drive over the left field wall–a walk off 2 run HR. No extra innings needed. He walked it off. The final score was:
GIANTS 4, Rockies 2