This Week in Giants Baseball History May 30-June 5

When things are going bad, it's nice to reflect upon the past (unless, you're Brian Sabean; then you trade away your future).

May 30
The Eyre Turns 33: Current San Francisco Giants reliever Scott Eyre was born on this date back in 1972, in Inglewood, CA. Cheers!

May 31
Let’s Play Two for Ten and a Half Hours: On this date in 1964 at Shea Stadium, the Giants and the New York Mets squared off in a doubleheader for the ages. Juan Marichal and the Giants won the first game conventionally 5-3, but it took ten innings of relief pitching from Gaylord Perry for the Giants to emerge with an 8-6 victory in the second, a 23-inning affair.

June 1
Make It 21 for Robby at Joe Robbie: Robby Thompson extended his consecutive hits streak to 21 games in a 7-3 Giants loss to the Florida Marlins on this date back in 1993. Thompson would go hitless in his next game, but his 21-game streak is the third longest in Giants history, behind Jack Clark (26) and Willie McCovey (24).

June 2
Three Bombs for Mays, One for Cepeda: On this date in 1963, the Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 at Busch Stadium. Five of the Giants runs were driven in by home runs, with Willie Mays hitting one in the first, eighth, and ninth innings, and Orlando Cepeda following Mays in the eighth. Juan Marichal falters in the ninth by giving up four runs, but still improves his record to 8-3 on the season.

June 3
After Surhoff, Before Witt: With the second overall pick in the 1985 amateur draft, the Giants selected a skinny kid from Mississippi State. Will Clark.

June 4
The First of 700+: Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Craig McMurtry might be named in a Hall of Fame speech after all, as he was the pitcher to surrender the first Major League home run by Barry Bonds on this date in 1986. Bonds’ Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Braves 12-3.

June 5
Encino Man Turns 31: Former Giant and current Arizona Diamondback Russ Ortiz was born on this date back in 1974, in Encino, CA. Dusty should have never taken you out in Game 6, Russ.

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