Top 5 SF Giants Hunter Pence Moments
1. Pence hits the ball three times in one swing
The Giants were up 2-0 and had the chance to truly break it open in Game 7 of the 2012 NLCS. They had come back from down 3-1 in the series, and had come up with some clutch wins in games five and six. With all the momentum on their side, a chance to once and for all break the Cardinals’ spirit was approaching.
In the bottom of the third inning, Pence stepped into the batter’s box with the bases loaded and no outs. A true chance for the Giants to break it open. Pence swung on the first pitch, and off the bat, it looked like it was going to be a run-scoring double play. But then the ball broke back to the left of Pete Kozma who had set all his weight to his right in anticipation of the natural landing spot for the ball. It was going to score two runs regardless after it slowly rolled into the gap, but Buster Posey burst around the base-paths and made it home from first after Jon Jay kicked it around in the left-center gap. A bases-clearing single on a ball that barely made it higher than 7 feet in the air. What on earth happened?
As the famous slow-mo replay showed, Hunter Pence managed to hit the ball three separate times on his swing through, once off the handle, a love tap with the barrel, and the final touch off the end of the bat to spin it the opposite way. It was one of the weirdest moments, but a huge one.
Nothing more perfectly encapsulates the aura of Hunter Pence.
Pence will likely not suit up for the Giants again, and there is even a chance that the home run in Houston two weeks ago was his last contribution ever. Pence will go down as one of the Giant greats, a Forever Giant. Pence may never end up in the Hall of Fame, but he absolutely needs to be honored by the organization and remembered in some fashion in the ballpark.