Top 5 SF Giants Hunter Pence Moments
5. 3-Run Homer vs. Colorado (August 12, 2012)
Hunter Pence had been a Giant for just over a week and was struggling mightily at the plate. Through his first 50 plate appearances, he was hitting .149/.163/.234 with just 8 RBI. The Giants were still in good playoff position thanks to their early-season success but had been sitting around .500 since Pence joined the team.
The Giants were leading the Rockies 3-0, but relievers George Kontos and Clay Hensley left the Giants down two going into the bottom of the 8th inning.
As the Giants tried to mount a comeback, Brandon Crawford got a rally started with a duck-snort single. Hector Sanchez followed with a pinch-hit ground-rule double and it was off to the races for the Giants. Scutaro walked and Melky Cabrera singled, Buster Posey hit a sacrifice fly, and up came Pence. Pence now 0-3 in the game when he stepped in against Rafael Bettancourt.
Bettancourt got ahead in the count, but his next pitch was low. However, the location of a pitch never seemed to stop Pence from doing great things. He crushed the ball over the left-centerfield wall and gave the Giants 9-6 lead, and ultimately the win.
Pence improved, hitting .240 over the rest of the season with the Giants, while it wasn’t as anticipated, he still helped them win in a variety of other facets, as they went on a 31-16 run to close the season and into the postseason.