Giants' Posey 'doing fine' after hit in head by pitch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants are relieved star catcher Buster Posey appears to be OK after getting hit in the helmet with a pitch.

Posey was doing well after being struck by a 94 mph fastball in the first inning Monday, a scary moment in San Francisco's 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks during its home opener.

Posey left the game and was to be checked on Monday night and into Tuesday, then re-evaluated. The Giants will take no chances and he is likely to sit out Tuesday's game.

''He's doing good. He's doing fine,'' manager Bruce Bochy said.

Taijuan Walker's 0-1 fastball with two outs in the first inning sent the Gold Glove catcher immediately to ground. Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner sprinted toward the plate and Bochy was right behind. Posey got up on his own but exited the game, with Nick Hundley entering to pinch run and stay in the game behind the plate.

Bochy said if Posey weren't a catcher, he might have been OK to remain in the game, but the Giants wanted to be cautious with the 2012 NL MVP and 2010 NL Rookie of the Year.

''It's a scary moment, dangerous moment,'' Bochy said. ''It's one of the worst sounds you can hear in baseball, the ball hitting the helmet. It's a scary moment. There's been a lot of damage to hitters hit in the head.''

Walker (1-1) was booed at the conclusion of the inning, when he came up to bat and at every other opportunity by the AT&T Park sellout crowd of 42,129. Home run king Barry Bonds was among those in attendance.

''I was a little bit shaken up after hitting Posey in the head,'' Walker said. ''It's always a little scary and I never want to do that.''

Matt Moore (1-1) struck out five in eight impressive innings for the Giants. He worried about his catcher.

''Talking to him after he was like, `I feel fine,''' Moore said. ''I checked on him a couple times throughout the game and he said it was staying the same. It's definitely nice to know that he's doing well so far.''

The Giants scored three runs in the fourth on a trio of successive plays at the plate. Brandon Crawford doubled, then one out later Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker drew consecutive walks. Walker fielded Moore's chopper midway up the first-base line and fired wildly to home, allowing Crawford and Panik to score. Arizona catcher Jeff Mathis retrieved the ball and also made an errant toss well past the plate. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt got the ball in nearly the same place where Walker had been, and his throw back home was too late as Parker slid across safely. Two errors were charged.

Crawford added a sacrifice fly in the seventh after Hunter Pence doubled to start the inning.

Yasmany Tomas led off the fifth with his first home run of the season for Arizona.

Moore, beginning his first full season with the club after being acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2016 trade deadline, took the loss last Wednesday at Arizona after working 5 1/3 innings.

He got through a 1-2-3 first on seven pitches this time and was on a roll. Moore gave up three hits and didn't walk a batter before new $62 million closer Mark Melancon finished for his second save in as many days and first at home after blowing a chance opening day in Phoenix.

Moore plunked David Peralta on the upper right arm to start the eighth, though it wasn't considered retaliation.

''Everybody realizes that that pitch got away from Taijuan, and I'm hoping that Buster's OK,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''I don't think there was anything retaliatory involved in that, it's just something that got away from Matt Moore. He was a little fatigued, it was deep into his outing and I think it just happened to hit David. It's not a big issue for me.''

FEENEY TRIBUTE

The Giants honored longtime MLB senior executive Katy Feeney, who died April 1 at age 68. ''KATY'' was spelled on the out-of-town scoreboard while photos and flowers were in the seat she often occupied during the postseason.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Bench coach Ron Gardenhire is away from the club, with Jerry Narron the acting bench coach. Gardenhire was to be in Minnesota to undergo surgery for prostate cancer later this month. ''We'll miss him,'' Lovullo said. ... RHP Jake Barrett (shoulder inflammation) will throw a rehab inning Tuesday at extended spring training, while LHP Jorge De La Rosa will do the same Wednesday.

Giants: Right-handed reliever Hunter Strickland returned from the paternity list and LHP Steven Okert was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray, who didn't get a decision against San Francisco last Thursday, is 1-1 with a 3.90 ERA and 37 strikeouts in five career starts vs. the Giants.

Giants: After going 2-0 against Arizona last season, RHP Jeff Samardzija tries to avoid dropping to 0-2 in 2017 vs. the Diamondbacks.

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  • W: M. Moore (1-1)L: T. Walker (1-1)S: M. Melancon (2)
  • HR: ARI - Y. Tomas (1)
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C. Owings SS40100000.345.387.517.9042.0
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J. Lamb 3B40100001.250.294.500.7941.0
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B. Drury 2B30000011.417.440.542.982-0.5
D. Peralta RF20000011.214.290.464.7550.5
J. Mathis C30100001.294.333.529.8632.0
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  • a-flied out for Delgado in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Span CF40100002.222.263.333.5962.0
B. Belt 1B20000212.233.378.6671.0451.5
H. Pence RF41200003.281.324.500.8244.0
B. Posey C00000000.333.481.5711.0531.0
N. Hundley PR-C30000003.143.143.143.2860.0
B. Crawford SS31110012.367.382.567.9493.5
E. Nunez 3B40100001.323.364.387.7511.0
J. Panik 2B31000111.348.385.565.9501.5
J. Parker LF21100100.071.133.071.2053.0
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  • a-struck out for Parker in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Moore in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Owings (2), J. Mathis (2)
  • HR - Y. Tomas
  • RBI - Y. Tomas (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Span (2), H. Pence (2), B. Crawford (3)
  • SF - B. Crawford (2)
  • SH - M. Moore
  • RBI - B. Crawford (5), M. Moore
FIELDING
  • E - J. Mathis, T. Walker
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Walker (L, 1-1)5.05324204.911.800.0
R. Delgado2.01110107.500.504.5
A. Chafin1.00000203.000.004.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Walker (L, 1-1)5.0
R. Delgado2.0
A. Chafin1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Moore (W, 1-1)8.03110512.700.3832.5
M. Melancon (S, 2)1.01000006.751.009.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Moore (W, 1-1)8.0
M. Melancon (S, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Walker
  • HBP - T. Walker
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Walker 98-54, R. Delgado 29-21, A. Chafin 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Walker 7-7, R. Delgado 2-3, A. Chafin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Walker 26, R. Delgado 7, A. Chafin 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Moore
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 93-62, M. Melancon 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 9-10
  • Batters Faced - M. Moore 28, M. Melancon 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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P. Goldschmidt 1B40000001.300.400.6001.0000.0
J. Lamb 3B40100001.250.294.500.7941.0
Y. Tomas LF41111022.333.333.6671.0005.0
B. Drury 2B30000011.417.440.542.982-0.5
D. Peralta RF20000011.214.290.464.7550.5
J. Mathis C30100001.294.333.529.8632.0
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  • a-flied out for Delgado in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Span CF40100002.222.263.333.5962.0
B. Belt 1B20000212.233.378.6671.0451.5
H. Pence RF41200003.281.324.500.8244.0
B. Posey C00000000.333.481.5711.0531.0
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B. Crawford SS31110012.367.382.567.9493.5
E. Nunez 3B40100001.323.364.387.7511.0
J. Panik 2B31000111.348.385.565.9501.5
J. Parker LF21100100.071.133.071.2053.0
a- C. Marrero PH10000010.071.067.071.138-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Parker in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Moore in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Owings (2), J. Mathis (2)
  • HR - Y. Tomas
  • RBI - Y. Tomas (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Span (2), H. Pence (2), B. Crawford (3)
  • SF - B. Crawford (2)
  • SH - M. Moore
  • RBI - B. Crawford (5), M. Moore
FIELDING
  • E - J. Mathis, T. Walker
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Walker (L, 1-1)5.05324204.911.800.0
R. Delgado2.01110107.500.504.5
A. Chafin1.00000203.000.004.0
Total8.0643450---
PITCHERSIP
T. Walker (L, 1-1)5.0
R. Delgado2.0
A. Chafin1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Moore (W, 1-1)8.03110512.700.3832.5
M. Melancon (S, 2)1.01000006.751.009.0
Total9.0411051---
PITCHERSIP
M. Moore (W, 1-1)8.0
M. Melancon (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Walker
  • HBP - T. Walker
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Walker 98-54, R. Delgado 29-21, A. Chafin 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Walker 7-7, R. Delgado 2-3, A. Chafin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Walker 26, R. Delgado 7, A. Chafin 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Moore
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 93-62, M. Melancon 15-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 9-10
  • Batters Faced - M. Moore 28, M. Melancon 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Crawford hit sacrifice fly to right, Pence scored14
  • 5TH INNING
    Tomas homered to left center13
  • 4TH INNING
    Moore reached on fielder's choice to second, Crawford, Panik and Parker scored, Moore to second on Walker fielding error. Moore to second on catcher Mathis fielding error03
  • 9TH INNING
    • Mark Melancon pitching
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Owings doubled to left
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt lined out to left
    • J. Lamb: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lamb popped out to third
    • Y. Tomas: Ball, Tomas flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Ball, Peralta hit by pitch
    • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mathis flied out to left
    • Chris Herrmann hit for Randall Delgado
    • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrmann flied out to deep center
    • A. Pollock: Pollock grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Peralta out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Chafin pitching
    • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Panik struck out on foul tip
    • Chris Marrero hit for Jarrett Parker
    • C. Marrero: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
    • Gorkys Hernandez hit for Matt Moore
    • G. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Lamb lined out to center
    • Y. Tomas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Tomas struck out looking
    • B. Drury: Drury flied out to shallow center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Delgado Pitching:
    • H. Pence: Foul, Pence doubled to left
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hundley flied out to deep center, Pence to third
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Crawford hit sacrifice fly to right, Pence scored
    • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pollock popped out to first
    • C. Owings: Ball, Owings grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • J. Parker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Parker reached on an infield single
    • Randall Delgado relieved Taijuan Walker
    • M. Moore: Foul, Foul, Moore sacrificed to third, Parker to second
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Span grounded out to second, Parker to third
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • Y. Tomas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tomas homered to left center
    • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Peralta struck out looking
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Mathis doubled to left
    • T. Walker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Walker struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Hundley grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez singled to center
    • J. Panik: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball (pitchout), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Panik grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • C. Owings: Ball, Ball, Owings grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt grounded out to third
    • J. Lamb: Foul, Lamb grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Crawford doubled to left
    • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to pitcher, Crawford to third
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Panik walked
    • J. Parker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Parker walked, Panik to second
    • M. Moore: Foul, Moore reached on fielder's choice to second, Crawford, Panik and Parker scored, Moore to second on Walker fielding error. Moore to second on catcher Mathis fielding error
    • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Span grounded out to second, Moore to third
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Belt walked
    • H. Pence: Ball, Pence flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Mathis flied out to deep right
    • T. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker flied out to right
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pollock grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • M. Moore: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
    • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Span grounded out to second
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Belt walked
    • H. Pence: Foul, Pence singled to right, Belt to second
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hundley lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • J. Lamb: Foul, Strike looking, Lamb singled to left
    • Y. Tomas: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Tomas struck out looking
    • B. Drury: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Drury flied out to right
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Peralta grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • E. Nunez: Nunez popped out to second
    • J. Panik: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Panik flied out to shallow left
    • J. Parker: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Parker flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Moore Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pollock grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Owings: Owings flied out to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Walker Pitching:
    • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Span doubled to deep right center
    • B. Belt: Ball, Belt lined out to right
    • H. Pence: Ball, Span to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pence popped out to second
    • B. Posey: Foul, Ball, Posey hit by pitch
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Crawford grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)