Pence heating up, coming through for Giants

Pence heating up, coming through for Giants

Pence heating up, coming through for Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Though his early production may not have met the expectations of excited Giants fans after his arrival from the Phillies at the Trade Deadline, Hunter Pence has strung together a stretch in which he has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games entering Tuesday.

"Hitting is a funny thing; it's hard to explain sometimes," Pence said. "You can be feeling pretty good and getting out, and sometimes you won't be feeling great and getting on. I feel fine, and I feel good. I'm going to keep going up there and stick with what I'm trying to do and it's been working out."

Pence had the go-ahead RBI in Monday's 2-1 win against the Rockies when he singled home Pablo Sandoval in the sixth. His 35 RBIs since joining the Giants is the most on the club, and his 94 RBIs this season rank sixth in the National League.

Pence had initially batted .191 in his first 24 games with the Giants before the recent 20-game stretch, in which he is batting .284.

"I think he's gotten settled in over here and [his] at-bats have gotten better and better," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's gotten some big hits for us, and I think we've got a good player. As he gets some time here, he's getting more and more comfortable. It's not that easy to get traded to a different club, but he's settled in and now his bat's picking up."

Monday's RBI marked his 27th go-ahead RBI this season, tied for third in the NL, as well as his 15th game-winning RBI. It hasn't hurt Pence's RBI totals having to hit behind Marco Scutaro and Buster Posey, who have a combined .417 on-base percentage since Pence joined the lineup in August.

"That's what's important; I'm helping the team win," Pence said. "Hitting when it matters, timely hitting is important to me and it's important to the team. I just try to keep it simple and do what I need to do, especially with the kind of team that we have and the kind of pitching that we have. This team allows you to just keep it simple and do your thing."