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