SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey isn't have a postseason close to what he accomplished offensively during a brilliant 2012 season, but he's enjoying himself thoroughly as part of a team that simply has refused to buckle under pressure.
"Playing six elimination games [and surviving each time], I think we've kind of learned to play with pressure, with our backs to the wall," Posey said heading into Thursday night's Game 2 of the World Series against the Tigers. "I feel this team has really come together."
Posey, hitting .204 in the postseason with two homers and seven RBIs after leading the National League with his .336 average, had two hits and an RBI in the Giants' 8-3 victory. While it was all about Pablo Sandoval's historic three-homer night in the afterglow, San Francisco's offense overall had a big night against Detroit ace Justin Verlander and the Tigers' bullpen.
The top four hitters in manager Bruce Bochy's lineup -- Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro, Sandoval and Posey -- combined to produce 10 hits, seven runs and seven RBIs.
Largely because of their superb pitching and timely hitting, the Giants have outscored the opposition by 17 runs in 13 postseason games. This enabled them to rally from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits in the NL Division and Championship Series, respectively, to stun first Cincinnati and then St. Louis.
"This club is right at the top as far as any club I've had [in] being unselfish and doing whatever has been asked of them -- even changing roles or their place in the batting order or taking a day or two off," Bochy said.