This Week in Giants Baseball History, May 9 - 15

Mention Robby Thompson, Matt Williams, and Scott Garrelts in the same sentence, and this author is pretty happy.

May 9
Above and Beyond North of the Border: On this date in Montreal back in 1981, Giants leadoff hitter Bill North drove in six runs as the Giants defeated the Expos 8-2. North’s six RBIs fell one shy of tying the franchise record (held by eight different players), but they were more than enough support for starting pitcher Vida Blue, who went the distance with a seven-hitter.

May 10
A Gamer Turns 43: Former Giants second baseman and coach Robby Thompson was born on this date back in 1962, in West Palm Beach, FL. Cheers, and thanks for the memories, Robby!

May 11
Besting Beantown Under the Lights: In the first night game at Braves Field, the New York Giants defeated Boston on this date back in 1946.

May 12
What Could Have Been: Matt  Williams hit his seventh and eighth home runs of the season in a 9-4 Giants loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Candlestick on this date in 1995. The two home runs gave him 62 home runs in his last 161 games – significant since he was on pace to break Roger Maris’ single-season home run record the previous season when the strike hit.

May 13
8 Innings of Relief?: After starting pitcher Mark Davis failed to get an out in the first inning in a game against the Expos at Candlestick on this date back in 1984, young pitcher Scott Garrelts came on in relief and shut out Montreal for the next eight innings, striking out nine. Garrelts and the Giants came back to win the ballgame 4-3.

May 14
Legging It Out in Cincinnati: The Giants tied their franchise mark by hitting three triples on this date back in 1974, in a 4-0 victory over the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. Gary Thomasson, Gary Matthews, and even catcher Dave Rader each hit three-baggers off of Reds starter Jack Billingham. Giants starter Mike Caldwell cruised with a five-hit shutout.

May 15
Attack of the Alous: Powered in part by home runs from Matty and Felipe Alou (the latter’s being a grand slam), the Giants overwhelm the Cubs 14-1 back on this date in 1961 at Candlestick. The Giants’ 18-hit attack makes an easy winner out of starter Mike McCormick.

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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