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Buster Posey was not looking impressive during the first four games of the 2010 NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. Posey had compiled just one hit in his 11 at bats before game four.
If Posey was nervous at all for game five, he didn't show it as Posey was ready to show the world he was a big time player. What is quickly forgotten after his great day at the plate was the great play Posey made in the field. In the top of the fifth the Phillies were scoring runs and eliminating the Giants 2-0 lead. On a base hit up the middle the Phillies tried to score two runs, sending Carlos Ruiz home from second. Center Fielder Aaron Rowand threw home and Posey did a remarkable job of blocking the plate, scooping the throw, and making the tag to prevent the Phillies from scoring. In an inning where the Phillies scored four runs, Posey prevented it from being a much bigger inning.
What everyone will remember about this game though, was the remarkableness of Posey's bat. Posey would collect four hits in his five at bats for the Giants, adding two RBI's. The four hits was the most ever in a playoff game by a Giants rookie.
The biggest at bat came with the score tied at five in the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies had summoned starter Roy Oswalt to pitch out of relief. Posey came up with one out and Aubrey Huff on first base. Posey would stay alive in the at bat fouling off pitch after pitch, before ripping a line drive into right field.
If it weren't for a great play from Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth, Posey's shot would have ended the game. Instead Werth kept it in front of him holding Huff at third. The hit set up Juan Uribe's sacrifice fly, and though Uribe won the game for the Giants, there was no doubt who had the most important hit of the inning.
Buster Posey is now a favorite name around San Francisco, and Phillies haters across America.