UPDATE: Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com brings word that X-rays confirmed a non-displaced fracture in the forearm. Pence will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, which means that he’ll likely miss the first month of the season.
Losing Pence obviously hurts, but the Giants should be able to get by with their in-house options. Angel Pagan and Nori Aoki will hold down two outfield spots while some combination of Gregor Blanco, Justin Maxwell, Travis Ishikawa, and Juan Perez can fill in.
6:22 p.m. ET: According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants believe that Pence suffered a broken left forearm. Not good. We should have a better idea about a timetable after X-rays are completed.
6:09 p.m. ET: Some concerning news here for the defending World Series champion Giants…
According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, outfielder Hunter Pence is headed for X-rays after he was hit in the hand by a pitch during today’s Cactus League game against the Cubs. Nothing is official yet, but Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that there “seems to be some pessimism” regarding the situation. Uh oh.
Pence has long been regarded as one of the game’s most durable players. He has appeared in all 162 games in back-to-back seasons and has played in at least 154 games dating back to 2008.
Pence, who turns 32 in April, batted .277/.332/.445 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI, and 13 stolen bases last season.
Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series. It’s Vanderbilt’s first championship since 2014 when the school defeated Virginia 3-2. Surprisingly, the 10 combined runs made this the highest-scoring College World Series-clinching game since 2009 when LSU beat Texas 11-4.
Michigan got on the board early, beginning the top of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer from Pat DeMarco.
Vanderbilt took control of the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring three and two times, respectively. In the third, DeMarco drew a bases loaded walk and Stephen Scott followed up with a two-run single to make it 4-1. In the fourth, Vandy got a run on an RBI single from J.J. Bleday and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Paul. Harrison Ray added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead to 7-1. After Michigan scratched out another run in the top of the eighth, Vanderbilt got it right back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI single by Philip Clarke.
On the pitching side of things, Mason Hickman delivered six strong innings for Vandy. He yielded the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 10. He gave way to Jake Eder in the seventh, who worked a 1-2-3 frame. Eder remained in the game for the eighth, relenting a run on a two-out double, but it was too little, too late for Michigan. Going out in the ninth inning for a third inning, Eder worked around a two-out walk to close out the ballgame in an 8-2 victory for Vanderbilt.