If you really thought that the little winning streak that the Colorado Rockies had against the San Francisco Giants was the sign of better things to come, you were sadly mistaken.
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If you honestly thought we might have a break from the days of broken hearts in San Francisco, you got ahead of yourself. And if you truly believed that the Rockies might win a series and play spoilers against the Giants to provide a silver lining to this mess of a season, Buster Posey would like to have a word with you.
In case anybody needed a reminder just how good Posey is, which none of us should need, he provided it this week at AT&T Park. The Giants needed these games badly. They needed to stop the bleeding against the Rockies and win these very winnable games at home with the calendar flipping to September.
The impact that any single player can have on those efforts can be limited in baseball, but Posey sure stepped up like an MVP. This walk-off home run against Juan Nicasio (the reliever) was his third home run in two days.
Posey is now batting .288/.346/.457 this season, playing much better in the second half than he did in 2013. It is no coincidence that the Giants are relevant again with Posey hitting like his usual self this time around.
Besides those numbers and accolades, there was a bit of symbolism in this home run. The Rockies seemed to be getting an inkling that they were ready to stand up to the bully, to stop those brutal, close losses to the Giants in the Bay.
Posey put the Rockies back in their sad, lowly place with this home run to walk off for the Giants.