This Week in Giants Baseball, Sept 27 - Oct 3

Proof that it ain't over until the Lasorda sings!

September 27

The Giants Win The Pennant! (No, Not That Time): On this date in 1924, Jack Bentley defeated the Phils 5-1 to give the Giants their fourth straight pennant when Brooklyn (then called the Big Chickens, er, I mean the Robins) lost to Boston 3-2 on the same day.

September 28

The Beginning of a Wild Ride: Two years ago on this date, the Giants began their march to the World Series by clinching the NL Wild Card over the Los Angeles Dodgers, by defeating the Houston Astros 5-2 at Pac Bell. Bonds put one in the pond, and the two clubs combined to use 16 pitchers in the game, a major league record.

September 29

Count the Lack of Hits: On the day the Tommy Lasorda era began in LA, John Montefusco no-hit the Braves in Atlanta. The Count allowed only a walk to leadoff hitter Jerry Royster in the fourth, and the Giants coasted to a 9-0 victory on this date in 1976.

September 30

K-Daddy: At Candlestick on this date in 1969, Gaylord Perry limited the San Diego Padres to one run over nine innings, with a franchise record-setting 14 strikeouts. Perry struck out at least one batter in every inning except the sixth, striking out the side in the second and fourth.

October 1

Dusty (No, Not That Dusty) in a Pinch: In the third game of the 1954 World Series, Dusty Rhodes gets his third pinch hit of the series, and helps the Giants take a 3-0 series lead as New York again beat heavily favored Cleveland 6-2.

October 2

El Sid Goes Down: In his only start for the Dodgers, rookie Sid Fernandez walked six batters in three innings, and the Giants took advantage in a 4-3 San Francisco victory. El Sid would be traded to the Mets that December.

October 3

Now THIS Is the Way To End It: On the last day of a three-game series to close out the 1962 season in front of a packed house in LA, the Giants defeated the Dodgers 6-4 to advance to the World Series. The Giants rallied for four runs in the ninth inning.

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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