More Than Half Way There for Bonds: hitting his 38th home run of the 2001 season in a 8-6 victory against the Padres, Barry Bonds set a new mark for home runs hit before the All-Star game. Who knew there would be 35 more dingers to come before the end of the season?
Thrilling Them to Victory: on this date in 1988, Will Clark tied a franchise record by driving in seven runs – including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth – against the Padres at Candlestick Park. Clark singled home Brett Butler in the first, hit a 3-run homer in the fifth, and with his team trailing by two runs with two outs in the ninth, cleared the bases with a double to win the ballgame. All in a day's work!
Faster Than Some Bathroom Breaks: on this date in 1906, Christy Mathewson and the Giants beat the Phils 5-0 at the Polo Grounds in a game that took 80 minutes to play.
Hey Robbie, You're an All-Star: according to BaseballLibrary.com, Robbie Thompson had never hit more than one home run in a game since Little League. On this date in 1993, Thompson had five hits, including two home runs for the second day in a row, in a 17-2 pounding of the Rockies at Candlestick.
The Madness That Was Shawn Estes: despite striking out 10 Athletics on this date in 1998, former Giant Shawn Estes also showed off his Mr. Hyde side by walking six batters and throwing a franchise record-tying three wild pitches in a 5-2 loss at Candlestick (okay, it was 3Com by then) Park.
Good Day for Two: in successive years on this date, the Giants swept doubleheaders against the Boston Braves. In 1913, the Giants win 5-4 and 11-3, with Christy Mathewson closing out the first game and starting the second. In 1914, Giants hitters amass 27 hits in the two games, beating Boston 8-4 and 10-4.
Hey Robbie, That Was the Sign for "Stop Running"!!!: in a game played at Riverfront Stadium on this date in 1986, rookie Robbie Thompson was caught stealing a franchise record four times against the Reds. Thompson was thrown out all four times at second, and all four times by Reds catcher Bo Diaz. The Giants, however, got the last laugh with a 7-6 victory.
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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