This Week in Giants Baseball History, 4/25 - 5/1

Home runs aplenty in this look back at Giants lore.

April 25
Nice Beginning, Great Finish: On a Friday night at Candlestick back in 1969, Jack Hiatt’s seven RBIs powered the Giants to a dramatic 12-8 victory over the Houston Astros. Hiatt began his barrage in the first inning by hitting a 3-run home run off of Astros starter Denny Lemaster, then after squatting behind the plate for twelve more innings, hit a pitch from reliever Dan Schneider over the fence for a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 13th inning.

April 26
More Grandness: In the first game of a doubleheader at Candlestick on this date in 1970, Willie McCovey and catcher Dick Dietz both hit grand slams in an 11-1 Giants rout of Montreal. Stretch’s came in the first inning off of Expos starter Bill Stoneman, and Dietz blasted reliever Carroll Sembera in the 8th. Ironically enough, by 1970 Dietz had fully replaced Jack Hiatt as the full-time Giants catcher, yet Hiatt made a pinch-hit appearance in the game – for the visiting Expos.

April 27
Hank Goes Long, But Mays Wins It: In Atlanta, Hank Aaron joined the 600 home run club in a game against the Giants on this date back in 1971. Hammerin’ Hank hit the landmark shot off of future Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry in the second inning, but Willie Mays’ RBI single in the top of the 10th inning turned out to be the game winner for the Giants in a 6-5 ballgame.

April 28
A Win at the “New” Ballpark: The 1995 home opener for the Giants was played on this date in a place called 3Com Stadium. Backed by Glenallen Hill’s 3-run home run, Giants starter Mark Leiter and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, shutting out the Florida Marlins 4-0.

April 29
First Win at Pac Bell (Finally): After starting the 2000 season by losing their first six ballgames played in their sparkling new stadium, the Giants finally got off the schnide by beating the Montreal Expos on this date five years ago for the first-ever regular season Giants victory at Pac Bell Park. Barry Bonds’ home run in the eighth inning snapped a 1-1 tie, and Robb Nen closed it out in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

April 30
LA Sweep Story: Lots of good memories to choose from on this date, but how about a first – by beating Don Drysdale and the Dodgers 5-1, the Giants swept the Dodgers for the first time at Dodgers Stadium on this date back in 1967.

May 1
Hello, McCovey Cove: In a 10-3 Giants victory on this date back in 2000, Barry Bonds became the first player to hit a ball into McCovey Cove during the regular season. Bonds’ sixth home run of the season came off of former Giant Rich Rodriguez in the sixth inning. Kayak rental shops have been happy every since.

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