Posey goes yard for first spring hit

Posey goes yard for first spring hit

Posey goes yard for first spring hit
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Buster Posey homered for his first spring hit to highlight Wednesday's exhibition for the San Francisco Giants, who played to a 2-2, 10-inning tie against the Cleveland Indians.

Playing his fourth exhibition game and serving as the Giants' designated hitter, Posey was 0-for-7 before he sliced Tony Sipp's 1-1 pitch inside the right-field foul pole with two outs in the sixth inning, erasing Cleveland's 2-1 edge. Posey consistently displayed such opposite-field power until last May 25, when he sustained extensive left leg injuries in a home-plate collision.

"We're not worried about Buster hitting. He's going to hit," said Giants starter Matt Cain, who yielded two runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. "That's what Buster's done since he got here. Obviously it's good for him to get that going, but none of us worry if he doesn't get a hit for a couple of days."

Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera, who had three hits, lashed his first of two doubles and scored in the first inning. Gregor Blanco, bidding for a reserve outfield spot, tied the score after drawing a walk by scooting from first base to third on Melky Cabrera's groundout and coming home on Pablo Sandoval's groundout.

That was the only lapse in four innings for Indians starter Derek Lowe, who surrendered just two hits.

"I think all the runs I've given up this spring are on the obvious walks," Lowe said. "It never does anybody any good, but I'll take it. There was a lot better command."

Said Cleveland manager Manny Acta: "Well-pitched ballgame for both sides. I really like the way Lowe threw the ball again -- lots of ground balls. He got through four innings with less than 50 pitches. ... The rest of the guys threw the ball well, too."

Mitch Lively relieved Cain and flung a wild pitch that enabled Travis Hafner to score a tiebreaking run in the fourth before Posey knotted things up again with his homer.

Giants up next: The Giants will play their second night game of the spring when they travel to Peoria on Thursday to confront the Seattle Mariners. Barry Zito will test his 2-0 record against Seattle's Erasmo Ramirez (1-0).

Indians up next: The Indians have two jobs up for grabs in their bullpen and four among the list of contenders -- Frank Herrmann, Jeremy Accardo, Chris Ray and Dan Wheeler -- are slated to pitch during the Tribe's tilt against the White Sox on Thursday at Goodyear Ballpark. They will follow sinkerballer Justin Masterson, who continues to prepare for the first Opening Day start of his career.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.