Hacking Away at a Cycle: In a 7-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium on this date in 1985, San Francisco Giants outfielder Jeffery Leonard hit for the cycle. The Hack Man singled in the fourth inning, followed up a Chili Davis triple with one of his own in fifth, homered in the seventh, and doubled off John Franco (yes, that John Franco) in the ninth.
D-Lewded: Good thing for the Giants and particularly outfielder Darren Lewis that they won the game 2-1 in 11 innings versus the Colorado Rockies on this date in 1995 at Candlestick Park. Lewis was caught with the hidden ball trick at third base by Vinny Castilla while Barry Bonds was at bat.
Burks Rocks the Rockies: Ellis Burks drove in seven runs against his former team in a 10-1 Giants thrashing of the Rockies at Candlestick on this date in 1999. Burks hit a 2-run double and a 2-run home run off of Rockies starter Bobby Jones, then hit a 3-run shot off of reliever Curtis Leskanic in the seventh inning. Kirk Rueter went nine innings for a rare complete game six-hitter.
Bonds Walks Off: On this date in 1995, Barry Bonds ended a thriller by hitting a walk-off 2-run home run (his fourth hit of the game, and first ever as a Giant at home) off of Trevor Hoffman for a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Win One for the Walker: Befitting the occasion, Barry Bonds walked three times and doubled in a 5-4 Giants victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Pac Bell on this date in 2001, which was designated that year as Barry Bonds Day. All the runs were scored in the first two innings, including a 3-run shot in the bottom of the second by Calvin Murray that capped the scoring. Felix Rodriguez struck out the side in the eighth, and Robb Nen shut the door in the ninth for his 25th save. Mark McGwire went 0-for-4, extending his hitless streak for 22 at-bats.
Stretch Slams the Dodgers: Aided by a Willie McCovey grand slam, the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-3 on this date in 1972. Juan Marichal started the game, but pitched a third of an inning shy of the victory. Don Sutton took the loss, surrendering nine hits and eight earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Alou the Younger: Happy 39th birthday to Giants slugger Moises Alou, born on this date back in 1966, in Atlanta, GA. Maybe your dad will get you some lineup help for your birthday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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