Dos Crespos: ex-Giant Felipe Crespo hit two home runs in a game against the Padres in 2001, but brother Cesar got the last laugh, as the latter hit his first major league home run in a 10-7 victory for San Diego. This was the 9th time in MLB history that brothers on opposing teams each hit a home run in the same game.
A dozen for two: in a 23-8 romp in Atlanta in 1990, both Will Clark and Rick Parker drove in six runs. Clark went 3-for-7 with two bombs, and Parker as the leadoff hitter went 4-for-7 with one home run.
Stop the game already! Oh the humanity: in a 1901 game at Cincinnati, the Giants officially won the game on a forfeit when fans in the overcrowded stadium began spilling over the infield in the ninth inning. The Giants, by the way, were winning 25-13 at the time, recording a twentieth-century record 31 hits.
Didn't really catch on: seldom-used ex-Giants catcher Jim McNamara was born on this date in 1965.
Not Dizzy: in 1940 Paul Dean, brother of noted Cardinals hurler Dizzy Dean, made his Giants debut in the second game of a doubleheader with the Cubs. The Giants swept the twin bill, with Dean pitching the Giants to a 3-1 victory in the latter game.
Even Ruben Rivera was better: in a game at Pittsburgh in 1925, the Giants turned a triple play, with great assistance from bad Pirate baserunning, as all three outs resulted from rundowns. With Johnny Rawlings on second and Max Carey on third and no outs in the first inning, Kiki Cuyler hit a grounder to shortstop Travis Jackson. Jackson threw home to get the first out, and Rawlings was tagged out trying to advance to third. Not to be outdone, Cuyler was then tagged out between first and second. Despite all this, the Pirates ended up winning the game, 6-2.
Big win for the big grinner: on this date in 1990, Trevor Wilson one-hit the Padres in a 6-0 victory in San Diego. Wilson had a no-hitter through eight innings, and gave up the only Padre hit to Mike Pagliarulo leading off the bottom of the ninth.
Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at email@example.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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