Hunter Pence is known for being a wacky looking guy at the plate. If that’s how you know him, then this was likely the most Hunter Pence moment you’ve ever seen. With two out in the bottom of the 9th, Pence swung as awkwardly as can be and found an empty space in right field, getting a hit to drive in the lone and winning run of the game, as the Giants defeat the Padres 1-0.
With Brandon Belt on first, Pence softly looped a ball that kept traveling, landing between Padres second baseman Alexi Amarista and right fielder Matt Kemp. The ball deflected off Kemp’s glove, slowing the ball down and allowing Belt, who was running on contact, to score easily. Giants announcers said simply, “I do not believe it.”
Pence’s hit not only got the Giants a win, but starting pitcher Johnny Cueto a win as well. Cueto pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits and no baserunners in his nine innings of work. He struck out 6 and improved his record to an impressive 7-1. Fitting, as Pence was actually pinch hitting for Cueto.