Posey belts first big league homer

Posey belts first big league homer

CINCINNATI -- Buster Posey established a personal milestone by crushing his first Major League home run in the second inning of Wednesday's 6-3 Giants loss to the Reds.

Following a two-out walk to Pat Burrell, Posey drilled the first pitch he saw from Reds right-hander Aaron Harang into the left-field upper deck at Great American Ball Park, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The drive, which traveled an estimated 439 feet, was the 77th upper-deck homer recorded since the park opened in 2003.

Posey, the Giants' most heralded position-player prospect in years, homered in his 18th game and his 54th at-bat as a Major Leaguer. He played seven games for the Giants in September last year and was recalled this season from Triple-A Fresno on May 29.

The Reds cooperated with the Giants in obtaining the home run ball for Posey as a souvenir. All the fan wanted in exchange was a ball autographed by Posey.