Perhaps we should have realized this all along, but it turns out that before Buster hugs, he usually slugs.
After Posey had four hits, including a homer to dead center, and caught Anthony DeSclafani's second career shutout on Monday, STATS dug up a pretty cool fact about the resurgent catcher. Monday night's game was the eighth time that Posey has caught a shutout and had more hits than the entire opposing team, the most in the modern history of the game.
Posey has caught a perfect game and two no-hitters, and he contributed offensively in all three of those performances. He was 2-for-5 with a double in Matt Cain's perfect game, 3-for-5 with a double and three runs in Tim Lincecum's first no-hitter, and 3-for-5 with a double on Chris Heston's historic night.
Perhaps the best appearance came in one of Madison Bumgarner's many near-misses before he finally got his (unofficial) no-hitter. Posey was behind the plate when Bumgarner took a perfect game into the eighth against the Colorado Rockies in 2014. Long before Justin Morneau broke it up with the game's only hit, Posey had a solo homer and a two-run shot.
Posey's blast Monday night was his fifth of the month, tying his total from all of 2017. This is the best he's felt in years, and it's showing at the plate.
"I think Buster's bat speed and the way his lower half is working right now is what I'm keeping an eye on," manager Gabe Kapler said. "His bat speed is great and his hips and his lower half are working well. His body is moving well."
The four-hit game was the 19th of Posey's career and his first since August 10, 2018. He's now batting .327, which ranks him eighth among NL hitters with at least 50 at-bats. His 1.050 OPS is sixth.
"It was a good night overall," Posey said after a 12-0 win over the Rockies. "I felt like, myself, I took some good swings. It felt good."