Top 5 SF Giants Hunter Pence Moments
3. Pence blows open Game 1 of 2014 World Series
All the talk going into the 2014 World Series was the dramatic, and magical run of the Kansas City Royals. Many experts favored the Giants, but the Royals were the team everyone seemed to be pulling for. The plucky underdogs, without a World Series title in nearly 30 years and the Giants came out in Game 1 and said, “None of the that.”
Behind the usual Madison Bumgarner gem, the Giants absolutely shredded the Royals in the first inning. Gregor Blanco led off the World Series with a single, immediately putting pressure on James Shields. Buster Posey followed with a single, and so did Pablo Sandoval, to make it 1-0.
However, a one-run lead is nothing close to a sure thing. That’s when Pence stepped up to the plate against Shields. After working a full, 3-2 count, Pence dispatched a fastball to right-center.
At Kauffman Stadium, like at Oracle Park, right-center is one of the deepest parts of the yard.That didn’t matter with Pence’s power, easily clearing the wall and giving the Giants an even bigger lead.
That first game was crucial, as the Royals clawed back and eventually made it to Game 7 when the inevitable Madison Bumgarner show surfaced. Pence’s home run set the tone though, that the Giants were to be the favorites and wouldn’t be caught sleeping against the dark-horse Royals.