This Week in Giants Baseball History, June 20 - 26

Two notables this week by Bonds. No, the other one.

June 20
1-0 Giants after One Batter Again: In a 7-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on this date back in 1973, San Francisco Giants outfielder Bobby Bonds broke the National League record by hitting his 22nd career leadoff home run.

June 21
Maybe He Should Have Just Kept Pitching: In a 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at County Stadium on this date in 1960, Giants starter Jack Sanford pitched the first 11 innings, giving up just five hits and one run. His replacement, Sam Jones, got one out before surrendering the wining run in the bottom of the twelfth.

June 22
Not Long Enough for the Giants: On this date back in 1962, the Giants lost to the Milwaukee Braves 11-9 at Candlestick Park. The poor Giants fans that stuck around to see their team blow a 1-run lead in the ninth inning also saw the two teams set a record for the longest 9-inning night game, at four hours and two minutes.

June 23
LaCoss Wins, Homers: Back when current ESPN baseball analyst John Kruk was skinny enough to roam the outfield, the Giants pounded Kruk and the San Diego Padres 18-1 at Candlestick Park on this date back in 1986. Mike LaCoss threw a complete game 3-hitter, and just to prove he wasn’t tired, he hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off Padres position player Dane Iorg.

June 24
Robby Does It Again: Speaking of Giants blowouts, Robby Thompson had his second multi-homer game in a 17-2 laugher over the Colorado Rockies at Candlestick Park on this date back in 1993. Thompson had five of the Giants’ 20 hits, and John Burkett went seven strong innings for the victory.

June 25
A Grand Entrance: In his first Major League game, Bobby Bonds made quite an impression by hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning of a 9-0 shellacking of the Los Angeles Dodgers for his first hit in the majors. Bonds is the first player in the modern era to lead off his career with a grand slam (William Duggleby of the Philadelphia Nationals did it in 1898). Ray Sadecki went the distance with a masterful two-hitter on this date in 1968, striking out 10.

June 26
One More Blowout: At old Crosley Field on this date back in 1966, the Giants pounded the Reds 10-0. Eight of those runs were driven in by five home runs – two by catcher Tom Haller, and one each by Jim Davenport, Don Landrum, and Jim Ray Hart. The Giants #3 and #4 hitters, Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, combine to go 1-for-9. Gaylord Perry goes the distance with a two-hitter, striking out two and walking none.

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