San Francisco Giants

Giants’ Pence offers bobblehead reward for return of scooter

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said right fielder Hunter Pence "had a sad face on this morning" in the clubhouse. "I’ve never seen that with Hunter."

The reason: Somebody apparently stole Pence’s scooter last night after the Giants’ 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Pence regularly rides the scooter to and from AT&T Park and parks it in the clubhouse, near those of Sergio Romo and Tim Lincecum. But Pence posted this to his Twitter account last night:

"Ahhhh someone stole my scooter! :( "

This morning, Pence said he’s offering a reward of a signed bobblehead -- the one given out earlier this season, where he’s riding the scooter -- for the return of his scooter, with no questions asked.

Pence told reporters the scooter felt "like an extension of me." He tweeted out a picture of the transport last night -- it has his name on it, along with stickers of his number 8 in multiple places -- with the hashtag "#stolemyscooter."

So if you’re around the city today, one sad baseball player would appreciate it if you’d keep an eye out.

Meanwhile, the Giants have a Memorial Day matinee game against the Chicago Cubs. Here’s the Giants’ lineup, with Angel Pagan back in following a day off:

CF Pagan

RF Pence

1B Posey

3B Sandoval

LF Morse

C Sanchez

SS Crawford

2B Hicks

P Petit

And the Cubs’ lineup against Petit:

CF Bonifacio

LF Lake

1B Rizzo

SS Castro

3B Valbuena

C Castillo

RF Schierholtz

2B Barney

P Samardzija

* For the second time this season, Buster Posey is in a funk at the plate. Posey has two hits in his last 24 at-bats and four in his last 35. Bochy said Posey isn’t being bothered by the nerve irritation in his lower back that caused him to miss two games last week. The Giants have noticed Posey looks "a little lower with his stance," Bochy said, and hitting coach Hensley Meulens is working with Posey to stand a little taller.

But Bochy said he believes the issue with Posey, as with any player in a slump, is that "it’s always in your head when you get in these little funks. … That’s the issue more so than mechanical. It’s the old paralysis by analysis.

"I’ve always said you’re not seeing it as well when you’re not swinging as well. That’s part of the issue when you’re not locked in at the plate -- you get caught in between the pitches, you’re maybe guessing. … It’s something we’re not used to with Buster, but he’s going to go through his ups and downs this year and I think it’s fair to say he’s just not seeing the ball as well right now."

* No news on Matt Cain, other than Bochy reiterating he’s "doing a lot better." Santiago Casilla, meanwhile, was playing catch on the field this morning and putting some weight on his strained right hamstring, though not much.

* Cain has a reputation of being a hard-luck pitcher. Today’s Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija is giving Cain a run for his money this year. Samardzija leads the majors with a 1.46 ERA through 10 starts -- and he’s 0-4 with six no-decisions. In fact, the right-hander is riding a 16-game winless streak, during which he’s 0-6 with a 2.99 ERA, dating back to last August.

* The Giants are playing their second day game in a row and have another Wednesday in this series’ finale. They probably don’t mind -- they’re 14-4 this season in day games, the best such record in the majors.