In maybe the greatest inning of probably the Giants’ greatest game in years or decades, Buster Posey came to bat, and the world seemed to stop.
And the rookie catcher with almost unlimited talent made the biggest moment only seem bigger.
There Posey was, ready to cap his greatest game, and most certainly the greatest rookie performance in Giants playoff history.
“He did all the damage for us,” manager Bruce Bochy said after Posey’s single keyed the Giants’ rally for a 6-5 victory in Wednesday’s Game 4 of the National League championship series.
“Every at-bat, he delivered for us.”
Especially this one, at the end of this amazing, seesaw, thunderous game. By the way, the victory put the Giants up 3-1 in the series, just a step away from the World Series.
In the ninth, Posey fought off several howling pitches from Roy Oswalt, a starter called in to hold the fort in desperate times.
Then Posey ripped an Oswalt slider into right field, which sent Aubrey Huff to third and set up the win.
“I was able to foul a couple pitches off, then I got a slider over the plate,” Posey said.
The final piece was provided by Juan Uribe, who drove a fly ball to left field, plenty deep enough to score Huff and end the game in Giants jubilation at AT&T Park.
But it was Posey’s hit that was the essential event — as every Posey play became in this incredible game.
“Posey is good,” Phillies manager Charlie