SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants fans were searching for something, anything to cheer about in Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Buster Posey sent a jolt through the crowd with a deep fly ball to center to lead off the bottom of the ninth against reliever Mark Melancon. It drove Andrew McCutchen all the way to the fence, but he hauled it in for the out.
[RECAP: Pirates 3, Giants 1]
If there was one bright spot for the Giants at the plate Friday night, it was the fact that Posey hit the ball hard three times. He doubled in the fourth and came around to score on Roger Kieschnick’s bloop single. He also hit a sharp grounder to the left side that Pirates third baseman Jordy Mercer made a nice play on to get the out at first.
“He’s swinging fine, he’s getting his hits,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Posey. “He hit the ball well tonight, just to the wrong part of the ballpark. I thought he had good at-bats.”
Posey is hitting .313 over his last nine games, but until his fourth-inning double, he had gone 49 at-bats without an extra-base hit. He’s driven in just four runs over his past 29 games.
Bochy said he might start Posey at first base Saturday night against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano.