Last season, in the midst of an offensive struggle, the Giants added a right fielder. This season, they did the same thing.
Last season, that newly acquired right fielder started by going 2 for 17 for the Giants. This season, the new right fielder did the same thing.
Last season, that right fielder got his first multi-hit game in his fifth game with the Giants. This season, the new right fielder did the same thing.
We hope that’s where the comparison ends.
On Sunday, Hunter Pence, acquired in a trade with the Phillies last week, went 2 for 5 with two doubles and three RBI in the Giants’ win over the Rockies.
Last season, it took Carlos Beltran 21 games before he got his first multi-extra base hit game, and 21 games before he got his first three-RBI game. It also took Beltran 11 games before the Giants won three games with him in the lineup.
Pence accomplished all those things in just his fifth game with the Giants.
It helped the Giants complete their first three-game sweep of a road series this season behind another solid outing from Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum labored through a 36-pitch first inning, but only allowed one run. He finished with a quality start, allowing just the one run on five hits and five walks (yech) in an 104-pitch outing.
The Giants scored 35 runs in the series. Angel Pagan went 0 for 4 with a walk Sunday to prevent the Giants from having every starting position player get at least one hit in each of three games.
Hopefully this series will allow the Giants hitters build enough confidence to help them when they move to St. Louis for a key four-game series. It’s a key series because these Rockies now head to Los Angeles for a series against the Dodgers.
The Giants’ three-game swept did not gain them any room between them and the Dodgers, who swept the Cubs at home. The Giants’ lead remains a half-game.
But the Giants are now 4-1 in Lincecum starts since the All-Star Break, after going 4-14 in his starts before the break. He has a 2.48 ERA since the break.
Now, it’s time to get Matt Cain some runs. The Giants lost in Cain’s last two starts, mostly a product of poor run support (nothing new for Cain). Cain will face Jake Westbrook on Monday in the opener in St. Louis.