Pence joins special club with 100th run

Pence joins special club with 100th run

DENVER -- Scoring 100 runs was a frequent occurrence among the Giants when Willie Mays and the Bondses, both Bobby and Barry, roamed the playing field.

So it was noteworthy when Hunter Pence dashed across home plate in Tuesday night's seventh inning to tally his 100th run of the season. He became only the 12th Giant not named Mays or Bonds to reach triple-digits in runs since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958. Combined, that dozen scored 100 runs in a season 20 times, led by Brett Butler and Orlando Cepeda with three apiece. By contrast, Mays plus both Bondses reached or surpassed 100 runs 23 times.

Rich Aurilia holds the non-Mays-or-Bonds record for a San Francisco-era player with 114 runs in 2001. Before Pence, the last Giant to score 100 runs was Aubrey Huff in 2010.

"You could talk about Hunter all day, about what this guy brings to a club," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. "That's what the game's about, putting runs on the board."

Pence, who publicly downplays his personal achievements, apparently was excited about his latest statistical milestone.

"He told me when he came into the dugout," said Pence's buddy, left fielder/first baseman Michael Morse.

Pence's combination of aggressiveness and intelligence on the basepaths has hastened his accumulation of runs.

"He has created a lot of the situations, the way he runs the bases," Bochy said.

Bochy expressed appreciation for Pence's limitless store of energy. Estimating that he has checked on Pence's condition twice all season, Bochy said, "He's got to be the lowest-maintenance player I've ever had."

Pence, who lengthened his hitting streak Wednesday to 16 games, entered the series finale against Colorado leading the National League in runs and hits.

And -- to cite those hallowed names again -- Pence needed one double and one homer to join Mays and Bobby Bonds as the only San Francisco Giants with at least 30 doubles, 10 or more triples and 20 or more home runs in a season. Mays did it in 1958 (33 doubles, 11 triples, 29 homers); Bonds fashioned this combination in 1970 (36 doubles, 10 triples, 26 homers).

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.