Posey busts out with opposite-field homer

Posey busts out with opposite-field homer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Buster Posey got what he wanted from Wednesday's plate appearance that ended his brief spring hitting skid.

Posey drove an opposite-field homer to right field that evened the score and lifted the Giants to a 2-2, 10-inning exhibition tie with 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 fastball 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 that ended his season.

"I'm just glad I hit it hard," said Posey, who sensed that his drive would clear the Scottsdale Stadium barrier. "I think that's the goal every time, coming up to bat."

Though Posey downplayed the significance of lining the ball to right field, Giants manager Bruce Bochy reveled in the sight.

"That was a good sign," Bochy said. "It means you're staying in there, not pulling off the ball, not getting out front."

Posey indicated that his comfort level has increased since he made his Cactus League debut last Friday.

"I think it's getting better," he said, referring to his timing at the plate. "I'm seeing the ball well. That's No. 1."

Right-hander Matt Cain and his Giants teammates regard Posey's comeback as inevitable.

"We're not worried about Buster hitting. He's going to hit," Cain said. "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. We're not worried about him on that side of the coin. We're really not worried about him at all. He's looking good."

Probably the only lingering concerns surrounding Posey, the National League's 2010 Rookie of the Year, involve his physical status. The Giants are limiting Posey's playing time to reduce the risk of injury.

"I think I've been lucky about [not] having setbacks," he said. "I don't know if I need to knock on wood or what. But we have a game plan the rest of the way through and I think like I'll be ready on April 6."