Hunter Pence didn’t waste much time yesterday, hitting a double in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. He is still eight games behind the longest of the season, set by Andre Either with a 30 game hit streak. Pence finished the day 2 for 5 with two runs scored and one run batted in. He has risen his batting average to .318 and I don’t think Pence can get enough credit for the job he is doing this year.
However, at the other end of the spectrum sits Brandon Lyon who can’t seem to do anything right. Yesterday he came into the game in the 10th inning and gave up four runs without recording an out. He gave up a walk and three hits, including a three run home run to Brian McCann, before Brad Mills yanked him from the game. Hopefully, this makes Brad Mills reassess his position of easing Lyon into the closer role. He threw 21 pitches yesterday and only nine were for strikes. Lyon falls to 3-3 on the season.