Panik, Posey deflect credit for comeback win

Giants second baseman, catcher combine for 6 hits, 5 RBIs in home opener

Panik, Posey deflect credit for comeback win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Such is the character of the Giants that the players who amass the biggest numbers have the least to say about themselves.

Joe Panik and Buster Posey thrived in San Francisco's home opener Thursday at AT&T Park, contributing three hits apiece to a 12-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. So productive were Panik and Posey that each of them drove in runs in the Giants' first two uprisings, a three-run fifth inning and a four-run sixth. They combined for five RBIs -- Panik also had an RBI single in the eighth -- before Hunter Pence's eighth-inning grand slam essentially settled the outcome.

Panik's liner scores Pagan

Yet both Panik and Posey reveled more in the accomplishments of others as the Giants improved to 3-1.

Panik singled out the Giants' first run, which was generated by Denard Span's groundout, as a significant event.

"Getting that run on the board -- it was like, 'OK, here we go,'" Panik said.

Span's RBI groundout

Posey focused on reliever Chris Heston, who happened to earn the decision. Succeeding starter Jake Peavy, Heston threw 10 pitches in a perfect sixth inning, freeing San Francisco's offense to resume what it began in the previous inning against Dodgers starter Alex Wood.

Heston fans Wood

Heston, Posey said, "did a great job of getting us back in the dugout to maintain the momentum."

Indeed, having scored a dozen runs in two of their first four games, the Giants are on the verge of proving they possess one of the deepest offenses in the Major Leagues, as they have claimed since Spring Training. Their team batting average is a lofty .317 (45-for-142). None of the regulars is batting below .286. Posey, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford have matching .357 averages, followed closely by Panik at .353. Pence's sixth career grand slam extended the Giants' streak of homering in every game so far.

Posey's RBI double to left

"It's an offense that gives me flexibility," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, indicating he could use certain hitters in multiple roles and juggle the lineup if necessary. "You don't lean on one guy or two guys. Everybody can do something to help win a ballgame."

Panik took an aggressive approach. Noting that Wood had consistently stayed ahead on the count while blanking the Giants for four innings, Panik swung at the first pitch he saw in the fifth inning and tripled to center field.

"I was ready for it," he said.

Panik's RBI triple

Posey, who doubled and singled twice, showed no effects of the flu that weakened him during the Giants' previous series at Milwaukee.

"Everything's on the up and up," Posey said, insisting he's regaining full strength.

Posey's RBI single

Meanwhile, the Giants' offense looks extremely healthy and full of modesty.

"There's no credit," Pence said. "We're just coming out to play right now. You play all nine innings and just keep going no matter what. We've got a group that does everything, that works together, that's going to keep grinding at-bats. Wood had a good game, but things turn around. That's why you play all nine innings."

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.