SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey wasted no time getting the San Francisco Giants on the board and the Oracle Park crowd in a frenzy in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Posey’s two-run, opposite field home run off Dodgers starter Walker Buehler not only set the tone needed for the Giants to kick off the postseason, but held historic significance in Posey’s career and Giants history.
The home run also marked the first time the two-time All-Star Buehler gave up a home run on a 3-0 pitch. Posey is the first Giants pitcher to hit a home run on a 3-0 count since 1988, when MLB started collecting data, per MLB.
Not only did Posey smack the outside pitch the other way over the Levi’s Landing wall — a difficulty feat for a right-handed hitter at Oracle Park — but it had a chance at being the first Splash Hit home run by a right-handed hitter in Oracle Park history had it not ricocheted off a column near the railing.
The home run was Posey’s first postseason homer since 2012, when he hit a two-run home run off Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer in the Giants’ World Series sweep. At age 34, Posey is the oldest Giants player to hit a postseason home run since Barry Bonds, age 38 (who was in attendance for the game) and Shawon Dunston (39) homered in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series against the Anaheim Angels.
Posey is appearing in his 53rd postseason game, a Giants franchise record for appearances. This is his fifth postseason appearance and first since 2016.
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Author: Shayna Rubin