SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after being involved in two important plays at the plate during the Giants' series-opening 2-1 win against the Dodgers on Friday, catcher Buster Posey offered insight into both.
The play that made the AT&T Park crowd hold their breath for a second came in the second inning, when Posey received a throw from first baseman Brandon Belt and tagged out A.J. Ellis, avoiding a big collision. It was a home-plate collision with Scott Cousins that broke a bone and tore three ligaments in his left leg on May 25, 2011.
On the play in which he tagged out Ellis: "You're kind of blind to the runner," Posey said. "The ball's coming from the right side of the infield and you're just trying to be like a middle infielder and make the tag."
Posey was tagged out at home trying to score on a Hunter Pence hit, ending the inning. Posey slid with his left leg tucked, which, he said, is how he would typically slide. He was asked if he would change anything about that play.
"I wish I was faster, so I would change that," Posey said.
Posey is one of the faces of the franchise, and because of that 2011 injury, fans are still crossing fingers during such plays at the plate. But, Posey said, he is only concerned executing his job.
"I don't sense that," Posey said of others' worry. "When you're in the moment, you're just trying to make a play."
Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.