Walker still bothered by Posey beaning

April 12th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- One day after hitting in the head with a 94 mph fastball, D-backs right-hander was still a bit shaken.
Posey was forced to leave the game and the Giants placed him on the seven-day concussion disabled list Tuesday.
"Sad day for baseball, I think, and very unfortunate for the Giants," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "You hate to see anything like that happen. That moment impacted us as well in this dugout. We were very concerned for him. By no means was there a strategy to making that happen. You don't ever want to throw a pitch in that area. I know Taijuan looked very remorseful and he felt terrible about it. You see the fallout of what happens with him going on the DL, it just adds to the sadness of the moment."
Walker spoke to a couple of Giants players during the game to ask them to let Posey know he was sorry.
"I just wanted to make sure that they knew right then," Walker said. "It's tough because I want to pitch in to righties, but I don't do it a lot because of that reason."
On second thought: After Monday's game, Lovullo said he thought his hitters might have been a tad too aggressive in how they attacked Matt Moore and could have benefited from working deeper counts.
After watching video of the game, Lovullo had a different take.
"Maybe I was a little ahead of myself yesterday," Lovullo said. "Matt Moore had a good day. He was hitting his spots. He was backdooring a cut fastball that was keeping our guys off balance. Watching from the side, I maybe was a little frustrated, but after watching a little more closely, I could see that Matt Moore had a good day."
Just one run: Don't expect to see many sacrifice bunts from the D-backs with Lovullo in charge.
"I feel like if you play for one run, you're going to score [only] one run," Lovullo said. "There's times when you're going to need to score one run and we're going to play that out at the appropriate times. But if we have a chance to score multiple runs, I'm always going to take that over scoring just one run. The data shows that when you try to play for one run with a man on first and no outs and he gets to second base, that it's a little backwards. That thinking might be a little outdated. That run does always score as much as it does with that hitter hitting instead of bunting."