Hunter Pence has been named the National League’s Player of the Week in what is one of a few bright spots this season for the San Francisco Giants.
In seven games this week Pence hit six home runs, had a ridiculous 19 RBI’s, had 13 hits, and even had eight runs scored all while batting .448. And while those numbers seem pretty gaudy, its the historical significance of some of what he’s done this week that is astounding.
This past week Pence broke a record held by Willie McCovey by driving in 19 runs over a six game stretch. He also was the first Giant since Barry Bonds to hit a home run in four consecutive games, and was the first Giant since Willy Mays to hit a home run in each game of a four-game series against the hated L.A. Dodgers.
Overall, he hit five homers in that four-game series which was the most by an opponent against the Dodgers since 1979 when Mike Schmidt did it. Talk about a great week.
All this amidst much discussion about whether or not the Giants should re-sign Hunter Pence following this season. After this week he is definitely making his case for a few more years with the Giants, and with good reason.