San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence has admitted to settling in nicely as number two in the batting order.
Prior to the season Pence hadn’t expected to be here; most expecting him to be somewhere in the middle of the batting order. However with Marco Scutaro no longer able to play due to a back injury, Pence became the man for the job. He led the Giants with 27 home runs and 99 RBIs last season.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy did some experimenting prior to settling on Pence for the position. Saturday was Pence’s 40th game in a row as No. 2.
Hitting second to Angel Pagan is no small feat. At first Pence was uncomfortable with the position, but he is warming up to it and actually doing a great job.
“I didn’t really mean for myself to adjust to it,” he said. “But I definitely have.”
Pence was asked if Pagan spoke to him in regards to giving him these chances. Pence simply replied that they had talked about it.
“He talked to me. He said it’s part of his game. I’ve got to be cognizant of that.”
And when asked if he was coordinating his hits to adjust to Pagan’s stealing attempts, Pence said he was trying.
“I’m working on that. You have to know the pitch he can run on. It’s a work in progress.”
Pence and Pagan have become a dangerous duo who will be a bargain to battle against throughout the remainder of the season.