Posey beaned, D-Backs lose sloppy game in Giants home opener
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 11:30
In the meantime, Nick Hundley figures to step up and catch on a regular basis.
"It's good for him to get the first one", manager Bruce Bochy said. Posey reported feeling fine after taking a fastball off his batting helmet Monday afternoon at AT&T Park, but Pavlovic notes Tuesday that the Giants "don't want to take any risks" with their star catcher.
But Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Posey was experiencing concussion symptoms on Tuesday.
Posey got up on his own after being hit but exited the game.
His offensive numbers aren't great in the big leagues, with a.194/.243/.295 slash-line and 30.3 percent strikeout rate in 106 games, but he had an outstanding Spring Training and has had plenty of success at the higher minor league levels in recent years.
Coming off a 2-5 trip to start the season, the San Francisco Giants were looking at Monday's home opener as a chance to reboot and change direction. The pitch caused Posey to fall to the ground, but he was able to walk off the field without assistance when he was removed from the game.
The Giants are playing it cautious with Posey, and that is for the best.
Starting pitchers normally don't like facing the same team back-to-back, but look for both the hitters and pitchers to make adjustments based on the first series. In a dominating performance, he pitched eight innings giving up only three hits and striking out five as the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 4-1. Jarrett Parker slid under the tag giving the Giants a three-run lead.
"Well, it's one of the worst sounds you can hear in baseball, the ball hitting the helmet", Bochy said. "It's just three wins we have, I know, but heading forward, I know what we've got here".
Following Posey's hit-by-pitch, Walker went on to a sporadic outing.
Harper drove in three runs during his first four-hit game since April 17, 2013. The lone Diamondback run was a home run off the bat of Yasmany Tomas. The move follows a potential head injury Posey sustained on Monday.
Myers singled in the first, doubled in the third and homered in the sixth to help the Padres win for the third time in four games.
He got through a 1-2-3 first on seven pitches this time and was on a roll.