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Pence ignites Scottsdale Stadium with grand slam in first inning


Hunter Pence has been struggling this spring. He took some vengeance early in the Giants’ match up against the Padres in Scottsdale on Sunday.

With the bases loaded, Pence connected with the first pitch he saw from Padres starter Luis Perdomo and sent it into the left field lawn for a grand slam, and his first home run of the spring.

Pence had been slumping early this spring and was hitting just .105 entering Sunday’s game. The grand slam came on the heels of a three-strikeout performance during Saturday’s split-squad win against the Angels.

It’ll be interesting to see what the Giants can get from Hunter Pence this season. With the arrival of Andrew McCutchen to The Bay (and right field), Pence will move across the spacious grounds of AT&T Park and play left field.

Pence is coming off a year in which he posted his lowest batting average (.260) since 2012, the year he arrived in San Francisco.

 

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