This Week in Giants Baseball History, August 23-29

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August 23
Back-to-Back in a Pinch: During a tie ballgame in the top of the ninth at Montreal, Barry Bonds and Shawon Dunston hit back-to-back pinch-hit home runs, and the Giants eventually won the ballgame easily 10-5 on this date in 2001. This was the twelfth time in MLB history for back-to-back pinch-hit dingers.

August 24
Now That's How You Finish off a Doubleheader: After losing the first game of a twin bill 9-5 to the Mets on this date in 1975, Ed Halicki no hit New York in the second game, a 6-0 Giants victory at Candlestick. Halicki allowed just three baserunners – one via error in the fifth, and walks in the sixth and ninth – and struck out 10. This was the first no-hitter thrown by a San Francisco Giant, and one of two in franchise history (John Montefusco threw one the next season). But wait, there's more – during Halicki's no-hitter, second baseman Derrel Thomas also made history by tying the franchise record of most stolen bases in a game, swiping three bags (including a steal of home plate in the fifth). What a day!

August 25
Bonds Sits: It might be hard to remember for some fans, but Barry Bonds didn't always used to take some day games off. A younger Bonds was not in the starting lineup against the Expos on this date in 1996, and thus his consecutive games played streak came to an end at 357 games – yet another franchise record for Bonds.

August 26
A Temporary Flame: On this date in 1966 at Candlestick, pitcher Bob Bolin began the ballgame as well as anyone ever had – by striking out the first five Dodgers, tying a major league record. The bad guys got the last laugh, however, as Los Angeles won the ballgame 4-0.

August 27
The Count Can Count Ks: Three days after Halicki's no-hitter, the aforementioned John Montefusco struck out 14 Expos in a game at Candlestick on this date in 1975, tying a franchise record. The Count went the distance, allowing seven hits and a walk, and the Giants won the game easily 9-1.

August 28
A Player to be Named (a Giants Ace) Later: In a 1996 trade that wasn't significant to the Giants at the time, the Atlanta Braves shipped three players (including the ubiquitous "player to be names later") to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for future Rockies millionaire Denny Neagle. The player to be named later? Some throw-in named Jason Schmidt.

August 29
A Lot of Blue: In eight innings of work, Vida Blue gave up 14 hits to the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-1 loss on this date in 1979 at Candlestick. The 14 hits given up in a game are the most by a single pitcher in franchise history.



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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