Pence, Giants tumble in 3-2 loss to Diamondbacks


SAN FRANCISCO – There is nothing more dispiriting than a lack of hustle.

But there is no joy to be found in watching a player like Hunter Pence continually hustle and continually come up a step short.

It has happened far too frequently this season. It happened twice more in right field at critical junctures in the Giants’ 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night.

Pence did not make it to the end. He has been playing with chronic hamstring tightness most of this season, and there is a certain hazard for a 34-year-old in taking three rough tumbles in the span of one evening.

It began in the second inning, when Pence sprinted back for Daniel Descalso’s drive and it skipped off the tip of his glove for an RBI triple. Then Pence tumbled in the grass and couldn’t catch Descalso’s sinking line drive in the seventh, which touched off a two-run inning as Arizona erased a one-run deficit.

Pence’s hustle did net the Giants something, though. He beat pitcher Robbie Ray to first base after hitting a chopped single down the first base line as a run scored in the sixth. Pence appeared to favor his wrist as he tripped over first base and landed in the dirt.

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