Madison Bumgarner spilling his dirt bike, Pablo Sandoval wearing a San Francisco uniform again, Hunter Strickland going after Bryce Harper to start a brawl, Michael Morse’s career probably ending when he slammed heads with Jeff Samardzija, 56 losses by the All-Star break.

You have to hand it to the Giants, who were officially eliminated from National League West contention with Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Phillies. They have not been boring.


Not even catcher Buster Posey, who usually prides himself on his blandness but took another tack after the Giants’ 76th loss left them 39 games behind the Dodgers. Posey accused Philadelphia closer Hector Neris of deliberately drilling him in the back with two outs and two on in the eighth inning of a 4-2 game. Posey’s theory on why was even more surprising.

“I’m pretty certain he hit me on purpose,” Posey said. “It’s just a shame because I wanted to compete in that at-bat. I guess he didn’t feel like he could get me out.”

Understand how unusual Posey’s statement was. In his nine major-league seasons, he gone out of his way to be uncontroversial. If he announced he was switching from black coffee to cream and sugar, it would be one of the most revealing stories of his career.

Maybe frustration is seeping through. The Giants’ 2017 season has been a star-spangled failure despite Posey’sexceptional performance. His left thumb probably was still aching from being bent back on a tag play at home in the top of the eighth.

Perhaps Posey was tired of being a human pincushion. He was hit for the eighth time this year, matching a career high, and attributed Neris’ intent to the pitch nearly going behind him.


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Posey was concussed in the home opener when he was hit in the helmet. In the fourth inning Sunday, he dodged a head-high offering from starter Ben Lively before hitting an RBI single on the next pitch.

Maybe Posey was still steamed from the top of the eighth, when Hunter Strickland allowed five consecutive singles to turn a 2-1 Giants lead into a 4-2 deficit.

Nothing had happened during the seven-game season series (which the Phillies won) to warrant Neris drilling Posey on purpose. Asked if he could recall anything, Posey responded, “Can you?” [/restrict]