Giants-Marlins Preview

Hunter Pence is on a tear, and that may not change against the

Miami Marlins.

The San Francisco Giants are looking to continue their own

success in Florida.

Pence will try to continue his tremendous production versus the

Marlins and help the Giants build on their best offensive display

of the season Saturday night.

Pence is hitting .394 with five extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in

eight games. The right fielder kept that impressive stretch going

by getting two doubles and a triple, while plating five runs and

scoring three of his own to power San Francisco’s 14-10 win over

Miami in the opener of this three-game set. It was a season high

for the Giants in scoring and hits (19) after they hit .226 with an

average of 2.7 runs over the previous 12 games.

“It’s one of those games, both teams are scoring, and we did a

great job of adding on,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “They scored and

we came back. It’s hard to stop an offense when they get on a roll

and both teams got on a roll, so it was important that we kept

adding on.”

Pence and the Giants (54-67) may be in line for another big

performance at the plate.

He owns a .393 average with five homers, 16 RBIs and a .768

slugging percentage over his last 14 meetings with the Marlins

(46-74). That includes going 9 for 18 with five extra-base hits and

nine RBIs in four visits to Marlins Park.

San Francisco is batting .335 with 40 runs over its past five

games there.

Another offensive barrage may not be necessary with Matt Cain

(7-8, 4.44 ERA) expected to get the ball. He’s 2-0 with a 0.91 ERA

over his last four starts on the road, a major difference from his

1-5 record and 5.66 ERA over his last seven home games.

The right-hander seemed headed for a win as host Sunday, tossing

five scoreless innings before allowing three runs over the next two

of a 10-2 loss to Baltimore.

A visit to Miami could be just what Cain needs to rebound. He’s

3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in five career starts there, winning the most

recent May 27, 2012.

The Marlins, owners of the NL’s worst record, are on the verge

of a four-game slide as host for the first time since May


Henderson Alvarez (2-1, 3.18) will try to keep them from

matching it in his first start against the Giants. The right-hander

has won his last two home starts while allowing two runs in 13 1-3


He hasn’t been nearly that sharp over his last two outings –

both on the road – compiling a 4.85 ERA with no record. Alvarez

matched his season high by giving up four earned runs in six

innings while in a 9-4 loss at Atlanta on Sunday.

Justin Ruggiano has been hot over the last two games, getting

three hits in each of them. He homered on two of his hits and drove

in four runs Friday, and his only hit in three at-bats versus Cain

left the park.