Marlins’ second baseman Dee Gordon made a routine out in his first at-bat of Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. The only problem? He was the last to realize it.
After fouling off another fastball from Philadelphia starter Alec Asher, Gordon assumed the ball had landed in foul territory. He stepped out of the batter’s box and took a few hacks with his bat as Phillies’ shortstop Freddy Galvis went scrambling to make the catch down the third base line. Eventually, Gordon realized the ball had been caught and made his way to the dugout.
Gordon fell victim to Galvis’ quick reflexes again in the third inning, when he was caught stealing second after reaching first base on a force out. Through four innings, the Marlins are down 3-0 against the Phillies.
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.
The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.
Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.