Hunter Pence’s screwball the big blow for Giants

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With the bases loaded in the third inning Monday, baseball’s most awkward player delivered one of the awkward doubles you’ll ever see, breaking the game open as the Giants went on to rout the Cardinals.

Hunter Pence’s broken-bat screwball caused shortstop Pete Kozma to initially break right, only to have the ball end up about three feet to his left.

Here it is, 40 seconds into the video:

The hit was just Pence’s fourth of the NLCS. It went as his first double since Sept. 9. Had Kozma held his ground when the ball left Pence’s bat, there’s a real chance it would have turned into a double play, potentially halting a five-run rally before it ever got started. Instead, it was game over.