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SF Giants: Three Takeaways from the Phillies Series

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 20: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants reacts during his at-bat in the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park on April 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 20: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants reacts during his at-bat in the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park on April 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 20: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants reacts during his at-bat in the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park on April 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The SF Giants dropped the final game of the series in a 6-5 loss against the Philadelphia Phillies, but they still took the series, winning two out of three games.

SF Giants: Three Takeaways From the Phillies Series

1. Buster Posey continues to drive the ball

For SF Giants fans, I do not think there is a more encouraging sign in 2021 than seeing their longtime catcher swing a healthy bat. Posey’s bat has been strong all season, but he found another gear against the Phillies.

In Tuesday night’s game, the right-handed bat blasted two home runs against Phillies right-handed hurler Zack Wheeler. Posey has not had a multi-homer game since 2016, but it was the way in which Posey drove the ball that stands out.

Wheeler’s fastball sits comfortably in the mid-90’s, and Posey unloaded on a 98 MPH inside fastball:

Hitting a pitch like Wheeler’s offering for a home run is a rare occurrence, but it looked like a vintage Posey swing. San Francisco had an impressive 10-7 victory against the Phillies and Posey’s bat led the charge.

In the series, the 34-year-old collected four hits, including three for extra bases, in eight at-bats. The season is young, but Posey is making a convincing case for an All-Star nod when the voting starts up next month.

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