Pence is out of the lineup Thursday due to minor back tightness, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. The team seems confident that the issue won't cost Pence more than the one start, but it's worth checking to be sure he's in Friday's lineup before deploying him as usual. Gregor Blanco is filling in for Pence in right field Thursday against left-hander Chris Rusin.
Pence is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rockies, Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area reports. Despite having hits in all but two games since April 22, Pence will take a regular day off Thursday. Gregor Blanco will fill in for him in right field and will bat eighth.
Pence went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday at the Mets. Pence's fifth bomb of the season came off Noah Syndergaard, and gave the Giants a three-run lead in a game the Giants won easily. He has now driven in three runs in back-to-back games to give him 22 on the season, and he raised his slugging percentage to.511.
Pence went 1-for-2 with three RBI and a walk in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Mets. The veteran outfielder maximized his RBI opportunity, plating Matt Duffy and Buster Posey with a third-inning two-out single, and driving in Duffy with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Pence has been generating some timely hitting this season, with his 19 RBI pacing the Giants. The 10-year pro also has displayed excellent plate discipline this season, as his 14.8 walk rate is by far the highest of his career.
Pence had a huge day at the plate Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in the 13-9 win over the Padres. Pence has been red-hot as of late, hitting .476 (10-for-21) with a pair of home runs over his current six-game hitting streak. The production with the bat is where owners want it to be, but Pence has also done a great job at getting on base this season. His .394 on-base percentage is well above his career average of .338. This aberration could simply be a result of a small sample size early in the season, but if he were to maintain it, it would certainly lead to more runs produced.
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