This Week in Giants Baseball History, July 19 - 25

All-Star break's over; let's get serious, people (hint hint, Sabean)!

July 19>
Walk D'is Way: With 8 walks in a 5-3 Giants victory at Candlestick Park on this date in 1976, starting pitcher John D'Acquisto came within one free pass of tying his own club records for walks allowed in a game. Actually, of the nine games in franchise history in which a starting pitcher has walked at least eight batters, D'Acquisto is responsible for five of them! Stranger still, he actually had a decent record (2-2, with one no-decision) in those games. Take that to heart, Shawn Estes!

July 20
If It Seemed Long, It's Because It Took Eight Days to Finish: Presumably due to either inclement weather or darkness (since there were no lights here until 1988), the game between the Giants and the Cubs at Wrigley field on this date in 1978 was suspended with two outs in the top of the 8th, shortly after Jack Clark had driven in a run to make it 9-8 Giants. Stranger still, the game was completed eight days later – at Candlestick Park – with neither team scoring for the remainder of the game and the visiting Cubs making the final three outs in the bottom of the ninth.

July 21
The Neon Era Begins: On this date in 1995, the Giants traded away Mark Portugal, Dave Burba, and Darren Lewis to the Cincinnati Reds for John Roper, Ricky Pickett, Scott Service, David McCarty, and some Bo Jackson wannabe who went by two nicknames, "Prime Time," and "Neon Deion." Strangely enough, Sanders lived up to neither billing in his short Giants tenure (although I'm sure the 49ers fans were much more appreciative of his football skills).

July 22
Wait, Is He Still Available To Close?: The Giants lost to the Padres 8-7 at Candlestick on this date in 1999, but in no ordinary fashion. Barry Bonds struck out four times in the game, and Giants relief pitcher Jerry Spradlin became the first San Francisco Giant to strike out four batters in an inning.

July 23
Stretch the All-Star: Willie McCovey smashed two home runs in the 1969 All-Star Game played on this date at RFK Stadium. Stretch hit a 2-run shot off Blue Moon Odom in the third inning, and nailed a Denny McClain offering in the next inning. McClain, the scheduled AL starter, missed the beginning of the game due to a dentist appointment, but McCovey obviously didn't miss McClain.

July 24
More Candles on His Cake than Good Pitches He'll See All Month: Mr. Franchise, Barry Bonds turns 40 today. Here's to a few more good years, Barry!

July 25
Last Call for Rippers: With a double to left in the fourth inning of a 3-2 victory against the Cardinals on this date in 1978, Jack Clark brought his hit streak to 26 consecutive games, the longest such streak in franchise history. The streak would end the next day, as Clark went 0-4 again Silvio Martinez.

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 to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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