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Pence and Giants Sweep Tigers in Fall Classic

Photo courtesy Charlie Riedel/AP

Hunter Pence (Mohawks 2002) and the San Francisco Giants are the 2012 World Series Champions. The Giants swept the Detroit Tigers, four games to none, to capture their second world championship in the last three years. Hunter Pence is the first former Amsterdam/Schenectady Mohawk to win a World Series.

Pence, a mid-season acquisition from Philadelphia, played and started all four World Series games in right field for the Giants. He hit .286 (4-for-14) in the series and scored four runs. Most notably, Pence recorded San Francisco’s first run in three-straight games (Games 2-4).

Hunter was responsible for both runs in San Francisco’s 2-0 triumph in Game 2. The contest was scoreless heading into the home half of the seventh inning. Pence began the bottom of the seventh with a base hit off of Detroit starter Doug Fister. The single by Pence was just the third hit allowed by Fister and first since the second inning. Later in the frame, Pence scored from third on a Brandon Crawford double play groundout to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.  The 2002 Schenectady Mohawk extended San Francisco’s lead to 2-0 in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Angel Pagan.

Pence scored the eventual winning run as well in Game 3 at Detroit’s Comerica Park, a 2-0 San Francisco triumph. He drew a lead-off walk in the second inning from Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez. Pence stole second with Brandon Belt at the plate and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly from Gregor Blanco plated Pence from third with San Francisco’s first run. Pence finished Game 3 with his best offensive effort of the series, 2-for-3.

In Game 4, Pence again was the catalyst for the Giants’ offense early in the game. He slammed a ground-rule double off of Detroit’s Max Scherzer in the second inning and then came home to score San Francisco’s first run on a Brandon Belt RBI triple.

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