Battery gives Giants glimpse of future
Posey, Bumgarner work together in bigs for first time
LOS ANGELES -- Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner understood the significance of what they did Saturday. They just didn't make a big deal about it.Posey and Bumgarner, the Giants' top two prospects, made their second Major League appearances and their first together, illuminating San Francisco's otherwise dreary performance in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 12-1 triumph. After grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, Posey stayed in the game to catch and stroked his first Major League hit, a single to right field, in the ninth inning. One inning earlier, Posey caught Bumgarner, who sandwiched strikeouts of Doug Mientkiewicz and Ronnie Belliard around Blake DeWitt's groundout. "You try to look at the silver lining. That's part of our future," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "When, I can't tell you." Posey, 22, and Bumgarner, 20, hadn't worked together since early in the season at high Class A San Jose.
"It went pretty well for the first time [in the Majors]," Posey said.Said Bumgarner, "It was even better than the last time I threw to him." Bumgarner hadn't pitched since Sept. 8, when Tim Lincecum was scratched with back spasms. The left-hander felt nervous that night despite allowing just two runs in 5 1/3 innings. This time, Bumgarner said, "It was more like another game. I was relaxed." Posey recorded his hit by stroking a 1-2 pitch from Dodgers right-hander Jeff Weaver. "It definitely felt good," he said.
Admitting that he felt anxious to play again after making his Major League debut in another lopsided loss to the Dodgers on Sept. 11, Posey was relieved to secure hit No. 1.
"Especially after my first [game], I was antsy to get out there," Posey said. "So it was nice to get it today."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.