By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – At this point in the season you wouldn’t expect anything less. The Giants got hits, played great defense and got a stellar performance from Buster Posey.
It was a great start for San Francisco in their 7-1 win over the Padres. Posey had a RBI single in the first frame when the Giants took a 4-0 lead. San Diego’s pitcher Clayton Richards got himself into a jam loading the bases while he gave up four hits and four runs.
“Those two walks were critical,” said Richards. “The first inning, I didn’t have command of anything, to be honest.”
Ryan Theriot leadoff the soaring offense with a double, followed by to back-to-back singles and two back-to-back walks which scored in the second run. Clayton’s night ended after five innings giving up nine hits, seven runs (all earned), two walks, one home run and three strikeouts.
It was the most runs he allowed in a game since yielding eight earned runs against the Dodgers on April 18. San Diego got their only run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Yonder Alonso.
“Those guys played great tonight, both sides of the ball,” Ryan Vogelsong said. “We hit the ball and scored some runs and made a bunch of nice defensive plays. I felt like I was just along for the ride tonight.”
Buster knocked in four runs which included a three-run homer in the fifth that extended the Giants’s lead and secured the win. The sellout crowd at AT&T Park had plenty of entertainment. In the next inning Melky Cabrera made a leaping catch into the stands for the first out in the sixth.
“His plate discipline,” said Richards of what impressed him most about Posey. “He’s knows what he is looking for.”
“I knew it would take him a little time with all the time he missed last year,” manager Bruce Bochy said. He’s that good, it didn’t take him long to get his timing and get into the flow of the game. It’s just gets better with him.”
An unbelievable call took all by surprise when Mark Kotsay had a diving catch that was overturned in the first. All of the Padres players left the field and had to return with now only two outs. Vogelsong struck out to end the inning again.
“In a nutshell, when they convened, three of the four [umpires] had the ball as trapped,” said manager Bud Black.
Crawford got ejected on another reverse call in the bottom of the sixth not in favor of San Francisco, Brandon’s double was taken back after the replay video showed he did not tag first base. It appeared as though he did which is why he argued the call.
“I don’t really know what to say about it,” said Crawford. “I knew I touched the bag when I rounded it but obviously he [1st base umpire] didn’t see it. You saw the reply to see I touched it, I guess mistakes are made and that’s what that was.