This Week in Giants Baseball History, May 2-8

Remember these pitching and hitting gems?

May 2
Nope, Nomo: In Hideo Nomo's major league debut, the Giants won a 4-3 13-inning thriller against the Dodgers at Candlestick on this date in 1995. Nomo was dominant, but was pulled in the sixth inning after allowing just one hit and seven strikeouts. The game remained scoreless until the final inning, in which the Dodgers scored three runs and sent many fans home. But to the joy of the remaining faithful (including seagulls, a few drunkards, and your truly), Robby Thompson, Matt  Williams, and the Giants rallied for four in the bottom frame to eke out a late afternoon victory.

May 3
Final Long Stretch: Willie McCovey hit his final home run during a 3-2 victory in Montreal on this date in 1980. Stretch's 521st tied him with Ted Williams (both currently 14th all-time).

May 4
Mays Tops the NL: In a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers at Candlestick on this date in 1966, Willie Mays became the top home run hitter in National League history by hitting his 512th home run, one more than Giants Hall of Famer Mel Ott.

May 5
Oh Heck, Let's Start Him Every Game: In a rain-shortened 5-inning game at Busch Stadium, the Giants shut out the Cardinals 5-0 on this date in 1984. Giants reliever Frank Williams made his first and only Major League start, and became just the fourth pitcher in the century to throw a shutout in his first start.

May 6
Just Pass the Damn Ball!: On this date in 1953, the New York Giants tied a Major League record for the fewest assists recorded in a game (one) during a 8-5 win over the Chicago Cubs at the Polo Grounds. Kobe Bryant would have fit in perfectly here.

May 7
Took Two Innings to Warm Up: On this date in 1966, the Giants had the most prolific third inning in Major League history, scoring 13 times in the third inning in a 15-2 rout of St. Louis at Busch Stadium. The victory gave them a 2 ½-game lead as the major's best team in the early season.

May 8
That's a Big League Knock Right There: In a duel of current broadcasters, Rick Sutcliffe edged Mike Krukow as the Chicago Cubs shut out the Giants 1-0 at Candlestick on this date in 1985. Ryne Sandberg accounted for the lone run of the game with a home run off Krukow in the top of the first 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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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