Hunter Pence had quite a night. All the while etching himself into the history books. Batting 4 for 5 with a whopping 6 RBI, Pence launched himself into the exclusive 20-homeruns 20-steals club with a 3 run mammoth blast in the 1st inning, that would’ve made it to Berkeley had the foul pole not been in the way.
Jorge De La Rosa served up Pence’s 20th homer of the season, to go along with his 21 stolen bases on the year. Pence is the first Giant since Barry Bonds to join the club, and the seventh in San Francisco history.
Ryan Vogelsong had a 6-0 lead to work with going into into the 5th inning, but quickly closed that gap when he gave up 5 runs on 5 hits. Michael Cuddyer powered the Rockies Surge with 3 of those runs on a homerun. Vogey had no strikeouts and Bruce Bochy made the pull. No-decision for Vogelsong.
Colorado went up 7-6 in the sixth and increased their lead to 8-6 in the eighth on a DJ Lemahieu sac-fly. Giants tied it up in their half of the eighth on a pair of Marco Scutaro and Brandon Belt singles that scored on Pence’s 2 RBI single.
Sergio Romo would give up Cuddyer’s second homer of the night, that gave the Rockies the 9-8 lead and eventual win by that final score.
Despite the loss, the Giants were very proud of Pence’s accomplishment. Buster Posey had this to say:
Posey: “It’s hard not to be a huge fan of Hunter. He’s probably the hardest worker I’ve ever seen.”
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 11, 2013
Pence is definitely making a case for himself to get resigned by the Giants this offseason.