Pence is making $13.8 million for the Giants in 2013 and will be a free agent at season's end. The five outfielders on the Phillies roster will earn a total of $3.9 million. As a group, they ranked last in baseball with a .612 OPS before Tuesday.
When the Phillies needed Pence to anchor their lineup at the start of 2012, he failed. Given his salary, the Phillies deemed him expendable.
"When we first got him, he was comfortable with us," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Now when I watch him play, he feels comfortable. I've always liked Pence and what he gives you. He comes to the ballpark, he works just as hard as anybody. He hustles. He plays hard. You can't help but like him."
Pence had a six-game hitting streak that ended Tuesday night against the Phillies. He batted .458 with a 1.355 OPS in those six games.
"I'd have liked to have seen us throw some balls out of the strike zone and see if he wanted to chase them," Manuel said. "He gets excited sometimes."
A week for Young
Delmon Young received a day off Tuesday. He has played in seven games, five in right field, and Manuel was pleased with what he saw. Young was hitting .150 with a .600 OPS in 24 plate appearances.
He handled all the routine balls hit his way in right but was not often challenged.
"His hitting is starting to come around," Manuel said. "He's been getting some at-bats and stuff, but he's been in the minor leagues against young pitchers. He hasn't seen any command and the location like major-league pitchers have got. That makes a difference."
Cliff Lee's career 0.88 ERA against San Francisco is the lowest among all active pitchers (minimum five starts). . . . Michael Young had hit into 10 double plays entering Tuesday, the highest total in baseball. The next closest was St. Louis' Matt Holliday with eight. . . . Reading's Jesse Biddle, 21, was named the Eastern League's pitcher of the month for April. Biddle, the second-youngest pitcher in the double-A league, posted a 1.74 ERA in April and struck out 40 in 31 innings.