This Week in Giants Baseball, Aug 30 - Sept 5

Just in case you weren't ready for the Dodgers, here are some SF-LA games of note.

August 30

Pinch Me - the Beer's 30 cents?: At Milwaukee on this date in 1964, the Giants and Brewers combine to use a Major League record 15 pinch hitters in a doubleheader. The Giants must have used the right seven men, since they swept the twin bill. Perhaps more importantly, though, the Milwaukee refreshment stands were down to $13 in pennies at one point, and were forced to drop prices - beer from 31 to 30 cents, hot dogs down to a quarter, and hot sandwiches from 62 to 60 cents. Must have been a penny pinchers paradise. [yuck; sorry -DS]

August 31

The REAL Trading Deadline: The last day before postseason rosters must be filled, and the Giants have traditionally been sleepers on this day, at least on the trading front - unless you count trading away Stan Javier to the Astros for Joe Messman in 1999. Who? Exactly.

September 1

Gaylord of the Scoreless Frames: Starting in the eighth inning of a 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront on this date in 1970, Gaylord Perry began the longest consecutive scoreless innings streak in franchise history. 40 innings, 6 games, and 22 days later, Perry gave up five runs in four innings against the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, but the Giants still ended up winning that game as well.

September 2

He's Not My Padre: Current San Diego Padre (that still seems so wrong) and former Giant Rich Aurilia was born on this date in 1971. Good thing we stuck with Neifi Perez, right?

September 3

The Count's after Bryant: No no, nothing to do with the NBA or Colorado courtrooms. John Montefusco made his major league debut in relief of Ron Bryant and defeated the Dodgers in Los Angeles on this date in 1974. Strangely enough, Montefusco had to pitch nine innings of relief for the win, as Bryant was pulled after failing to get an out in the first. The Count made the most of his day at the plate as well, slugging a home run in his first official at bat and second time at the plate (he walked in the second inning).

September 4

Bryant does in LA: No no, still nothing to do with the NBA or Colorado court rooms. On this date in 1973, Ron Bryant pitched 8 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in defeating the Dodgers 3-1 at Candlestick. Bryant allowed only a single to Joe Ferguson in the seventh, and the only Dodger run of the game (charged to Bryant) scored on a wild pitch from Elias Sosa in the ninth.

September 5

Another Bonds Milestone: In yet another game against the Dodgers, this time on this date in 1998 in Los Angeles, Barry Bonds struck out in the first inning to end his streak of reaching base in 15 straight plate appearances - a Major League record.

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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