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Posey debuts with style as Giants throttle Diamondbacks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- After his third hit, it was finally time for Buster Posey to smile. Giants first base coach Roberto Kelly joked with the rookie that he made it look easy.

"It's not that easy," Posey said.

The Giants' top prospect had three hits and three RBI in his first major-league game of the season and Juan Uribe homered and drove in two runs as the San Francisco Giants sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to their sixth straight defeat with a 12-1 victory Saturday night.

"What a great job the kid did," Giants' manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he didn't much sleep last night and then he goes out and gets big hits for us. It's something we needed."

Posey played in a minor-league game in Salt Lake Friday night and flew to the Bay Area early in the morning. He started a first base -- he usually catches -- and batted sixth and he received a standing ovation when he batted for the first time.

"That was great, fun and humbling," Posey said. "That's when I need to slow myself down because that's what can get me going."

Jonathan Sanchez (3-4) ended a five-game winless streak, allowing a run on two hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out seven.

"Sanchez pitched fine," Bochy said. "He really had to work in the fifth inning and got his pitch count up and that's why he had to come out. It was nice that we got some runs for him."

Eli Whiteside also hit a home run and drove in two for the Giants. Aubrey Huff, Aaron Rowand, Pablo Sandoval, Travis Ishikawa and relief pitcher Denny Bautista each added an RBI as the Giants recorded a season high for runs scored.

Billy Buckner (0-3) gave up seven runs on nine hits over four-plus innings. He walked three and struck out five as his ERA ballooned to 11.08 following his third start for the Diamondbacks.

"I haven't seen what I wanted. I wanted a win," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "For a week, we've found ourselves in a rut. We're not doing a lot of things right and there's not a lot of ways to describe it."

Conor Jackson, mired in a slump, batted seventh for the first time since April 6, 2009. He went 0 for 3 with a walk and has one hit in 17 at bats on the current road trip.

Buckner walked the first two batters he faced, and both scored to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. Huff's sacrifice fly scored one run and Posey, the Giants' first-round pick in 2008, singled for his first career RBI.

"It's nice to face a guy I've seen a few times," Posey said. "I think I faced him a couple of times this year."

Rusty Ryal's third-inning home run cut the lead in half but Uribe homered in the third and Whiteside hit his home run leading off the fourth to give the Giants a 4-1 edge. Arizona pitchers have allowed a major-league high 85 homers.

Consecutive singles by Sandoval, Huff, Uribe and Posey ended Buckner's night and helped give San Francisco a 7-1 edge, the best run support of the season for Sanchez.

Buckner has yet to pitch more than five innings in any of his three starts this season.

The Giants added three runs in the seventh, including Bautista's second career hit and RBI, and his first since July 7, 2008. Sandoval, who had three hits and scored three runs, and Ishikawa each doubled home a run in the eighth.

Notes

  • RHP Waldis Joaquin was optioned to Fresno of the PCL to make room for Posey.
  • OF Pat Burrell signed a minor-league deal with the Giants and was assigned to Fresno.
  • Arizona IF Kelly Johnson has a hit in five of his last six games.
  • D'Backs C Miguel Montero (right knee sprain) is scheduled to face live pitching at extended spring training beginning Monday in Tucson.
  • Sanchez received more than three runs of support for just the second time.
  • Uribe has seven hits in 12 at bats against Buckner.
  • Arizona RHP Kris Benson allowed four runs on six hits in four innings in his second rehab start for the Reno Aces. He allowed his third home run.
 
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Buster Posey, a top prospect for the Giants, knocks three hits and three RBI in his season debut.  (Getty Images)
Buster Posey, a top prospect for the Giants, knocks three hits and three RBI in his season debut. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

B. Posey
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
San Francisco

J. Uribe
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010013 .253
Rusty Ryal, 1B4111014 .317
Justin Upton, RF3000122 .249
Stephen Drew, SS3000121 .299
    Augie Ojeda, SS0000000 .143
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000013 .230
Chris Young, CF3000100 .281
Conor Jackson, LF3000111 .221
Chris Snyder, C2000221 .214
Billy Buckner, P1000101 .250
    Cesar Valdez, P0000000 .000
   a- Gerardo Parra, PH1000012 .244
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Roberts, PH1000011 .000
Totals29121712  
a-struck out for Valdez in the 7th
b-struck out for Vasquez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (15, Sanchez)
HR - Rusty Ryal (2, Sanchez)
RBI - Rusty Ryal (5)
SB - Justin Upton (8, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Johnson-Ryal
Arizona Diamondbacks
Billy Buckner (L,0-3) 4977352 11.08
Cesar Valdez 2000010 6.32
Saul Rivera 0.2433110 22.09
Esmerling Vasquez 1.1322110 5.06
WP - Esmerling Vasquez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Billy Buckner 79-50, Cesar Valdez 15-10, Saul Rivera 25-16, Esmerling Vasquez 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Billy Buckner 3-4, Cesar Valdez 4-0, Saul Rivera 1-0, Esmerling Vasquez 1-2
Batters Faced - Billy Buckner 24, Cesar Valdez 5, Saul Rivera 7, Esmerling Vasquez 8
San Francisco Giants
Andres Torres, RF-LF3100212 .289
Freddy Sanchez, 2B3210210 .294
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5331003 .291
Aubrey Huff, LF3221000 .291
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B1011000 .238
Juan Uribe, SS3332100 .286
   a- Ryan Rohlinger, PH-SS1000001 .182
Buster Posey, 1B4033000 .750
    Nate Schierholtz, RF1000001 .288
Aaron Rowand, CF5011035 .230
Eli Whiteside, C5112013 .278
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000020 .143
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   b- John Bowker, PH1000000 .215
    Denny Bautista, P10110001.000
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
Totals3812161258  
a-lined out for Uribe in the 8th
b-grounded out for Romo in the 6th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (13, Vasquez), Travis Ishikawa (3, Vasquez)
HR - Juan Uribe (7, Buckner), Eli Whiteside (3, Buckner)
SF - Aubrey Huff (3)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (20), Aubrey Huff (22), Travis Ishikawa (2), Juan Uribe 2 (29), Buster Posey 3 (3), Aaron Rowand (20), Eli Whiteside 2 (8), Denny Bautista (1)
2-OUT RBI - Buster Posey (1), Denny Bautista (1)
SB - Andres Torres (8, 2nd base off Buckner/Snyder)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (W,3-4) 5211471 2.90
Sergio Romo 1000000 2.95
Denny Bautista 2000240 1.93
Dan Runzler 1000110 4.74
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 103-60, Sergio Romo 8-4, Denny Bautista 37-20, Dan Runzler 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 4-4, Sergio Romo 1-2, Denny Bautista 1-1, Dan Runzler 2-0
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 21, Sergio Romo 3, Denny Bautista 8, Dan Runzler 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37400
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Ed Hickox