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Hunter Pence throws bat at ball, hits single (Video)

The San Francisco Giants, winners of 14 of their past 20 games, have been on a roll over the last few weeks. So is right fielder Hunter Pence, who’s hitting .360 over that span.

hunter-penceWhen things are going well, being fortunate is often part of the formula. That was the case during the first inning of Thursday’s game between the Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks.

A pitch low and away by Randall Delgado started the series of events, which continued with Hunter Pence throwing his bat at the ball. The ball goes behind Delgado up the middle, towards second baseman Chris Owings. However, Owings was unable to field the ball because it hit second base and bounced past him, allowing Angel Pagan to score the first run of the game.

Of course the Giants went on to win 6-2, because scoring your first run in that fashion is probably a good omen.

Report: Phillies accidentally traded prospect to Astros in Hunter Pence deal

Domingo-Santana-AstrosIf the Philadelphia Phillies knew they would be this terrible for the past few years, they likely never would have traded a handful of prospects to the Houston Astros for Hunter Pence in 2011. According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, they most definitely would not have traded outfielder Domingo Santana.

Santana, 22, is currently batting .292 in Triple-A. He had a .498 slugging percentage with 20 home runs in Double-A last year, so he obviously has tremendous potential. Considering they supposedly traded him by mistake, I’m sure the Phillies would love to have Santana back.

Less than two months after they picked George Springer from the University of Connecticut, the Astros sent Pence and cash to the Phillies on July 29, 2011, for Cosart, Singleton, Zeid and a player to be named, which ended up being Santana. In spring training, a Phillies official admitted that Santana wasn’t actually supposed to be on the list that was given to the Astros to pick from to satisfy the final piece on Aug. 15, 2011.

The Phillies held onto Pence for less than two seasons before shipping him off to the San Francisco Giants. To make matters worse, their trade with the Astros also included Jon Singleton. We all saw how his MLB debut went earlier this week. Simply put, it’s not a fun time to be a Phillies fan.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Hunter Pence has his scooter stolen

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San Francisco Giants fans have grown used to seeing Hunter Pence with his scooter since the team traded for him back in 2012. In fact, Pence’s scooter has become so famous around the Bay Area that it was a part of his bobblehead giveaway last year. Unfortunately, the scooter has gone missing.

After his team’s win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday evening, Pence wrote on Twitter that the scooter had been stolen.

While this is obviously a serious crime, it has resulted in some hilarious memes.

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Hunter Pence, Giants do Daniel Bryan ‘YES!’ chant (Video)

Hunter-Pence-yes-chantHunter Pence and the San Francisco Giants are apparently fans of WWE superstar Daniel Bryan. Pence launched a two-run homer in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday and paid tribute to the people’s champion as he was heading into the dugout.

Pence was met at the top step by outfielder Michael Morse, and the two raised their arms to the sky and chanted “YES! YES! YES!”

Plenty of MLB players are big WWE fans, as Josh Reddick reminded us last month when he honored the late Ultimate Warrior during an interview. Bryan recently announced that he will miss a minimum of 6-8 weeks with a neck injury, but he said he is confident the “YES!” movement will remain as strong as ever when he returns. Pence and company are going to make sure of that.

Video via Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Giants to give away bobbleheads of Hunter Pence broing out

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The San Francisco Giants will be giving away fantastic bobblehead dolls to the first 40,000 lucky fans who show up to AT&T Park on April 9. And by fantastic we mean they feature Hunter Pence riding a scooter with his hat backwards and a backpack on.

You won’t find a more bro-worthy bobblehead in America than this one. Here’s another angle, courtesy of MLB.com’s Cut 4:

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Hunter Pence makes diving catch to save Tim Lincecum no-hitter

Tim Lincecum on Saturday threw the seventh no-hitter in San Francisco Giants’ franchise history, and the landmark event wouldn’t have been possible without the excellent defensive play of one of his teammates.

Hunter Pence diving catchWith two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, San Diego Padres center fielder Alexi Amarista hit a line drive to right field that looked like it was going to drop for San Diego’s first hit of the contest. But Giants right fielder Hunter Pence got a great read on the ball and began charging in with no hesitation. He then laid out on his side to make a sweet diving catch to preserve the no-hitter. After that play, it was all downhill for Lincecum, who struck out Chase Headley and then got two flyouts to complete the no-hitter.

“I thought that was a for sure hit,” Lincecum said of Amarista’s ball after the game during an interview with NBC Bay Area. “But you see Hunter flying out of nowhere making the flying grab, that was just really impressive and a big play for us.”

In addition to Pence, third baseman Pablo Sandoval also made a sweet play to preserve the no-hitter. His came with two outs in the seventh:

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Hunter Pence loses fly ball in the sun, had sunglasses on his hat (Animated)

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Losing a fly ball in the sun is part of afternoon baseball. Sunglasses help, but there’s only so much they can do. As San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence could tell you, they do even less when you don’t use them to cover your eyes.

During the sixth inning of San Francisco’s 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, Pence was unable to track down a shallow fly ball in right after losing it in the sun. Had his sun glasses been covering his face instead of sitting atop his head, he probably would have had better luck. That’s the thing about a nice pair of shades on the baseball diamond — you need to actually look through them for it to have any effect.

Pence may have only played in one game this season, but he has already become a punchline. The Facebook group MLB Memes ragged on him almost instantly (via @_SoDevilish):

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That should make this White Sox fan feel better. Even the players screw up every now and then. Pence may have still been in spring training mode when tracking the ball, but the play has made its way onto the regular season blooper real. Don’t worry, Hunter — there will be plenty more bonehead mistakes to make us forget about it.

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