San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is smoking hot during the month of September and put on an incredible performance in Los Angeles the past four games.
Pence put on a show against the Dodgers this weekend as the Giants took three of four from their rivals. Pence finished the series with five home runs and 12 RBI's. He is the third player to record five home runs at Dodger Stadium and becomes the third player to homer five times in a series against the Dodgers. Pence joins Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1979 and Frank Thomas of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1958.
His 12 RBI's in a single series tie the franchise record with Dick Dietz, who produced 12 RBI's during July 6-9, 1970 during a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves. The righty joins Ripper Collins of the St. Louis Cardinals as the last player to smack at least 12 RBI's in a series against the Dodgers as Collins drilled 13 RBI's from June 23-26, 1935.
Pence has homered in his last four games, becoming the first Giant to do so since Barry Bonds did it back in 2005. Bonds holds the Giants record for connecting with a home run in seven straight games, accomplishing that feat from April 12-20, 2004. The 30-year-old joins Willie Mays as the last Giants player to homer in four straight games versus the Dodgers as Mays did so from August 19-22, 1965.
Pence homered twice on Sunday, recording his ninth career multi-homer game and his 25 home runs on the year tie a career-high.
During the month of September, Pence is batting .421 in 15 games, smacking 24 hits, four doubles, 25 RBI's, nine walks and scored 18 runs. He is producing a .493 OPS and .965 slugging percentage equaling a 1.457 OPS. Pence is nine RBI's away from tying the Giants franchise record for RBI's in a month. Jeff Kent holds the record for 34 RBI's in a month, accomplishing that feat twice in June 2000 and August 2002. Pence has 19 RBI's in his last six games, which is the most by any Giants player in history. He has a hit in 11 of 15 games, while showcasing eight multi-hit games, three three-hit games and one four-hit game.
Pence, who is a free agent after this season is putting himself on notice with a strong finish to the season.
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