This Week in Giants Baseball History, August 8-14

Great pitchers, hitters, and stories – all in a Giant week's work.

August 8
Perry Goes 11 for his 11th: Gaylord Perry would not be denied a victory on this date in 1971 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Locked in a 2-2 tie, the Hall of Famer kept pitching until his San Francisco Giants scored two in the top of the eleventh inning, then finished off the Cubs in the bottom of the inning for a rare 11-inning complete game.

August 9
Still a Record after 94 Years: According to Retrosheet.org, a Giant has stolen three bases in a game 28 times. The first such instance occurred on this date back in 1911, as left fielder Josh Devore swiped three bags in a 16-5 New York Giants victory over the Chicago Cubs at old West Side Park in Chicago.

August 10
Dominican Dandy’s 50th Blanking: The Giants only scored one run (sounds familiar?) on this date in 1971 against the Montreal Expos at Candlestick Park, but as was often the case when Juan Marichal was on the mound, one run was enough. The Dominican Dandy limited the Expos to two hits all game and hit a double that moved the eventual winning run to third in the bottom of the ninth. The 1-0 victory gave Marichal 50 career shutouts, which made him the active leader at the time.

August 11
Livan’s Eighth Straight… Hit?: Former Giant and current Washington Nationals hurler Livan Hernandez had quite a ballgame on this date back in 2001. He pitched eight effective innings in a 9-4 Giants win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, but his hitting was the real story. The pudgy pitcher went 4-for-4 at the plate (including his first home run of the season), to follow up his two previous games in which he went 3-for-3 against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 5 and 2-for-3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31. All this almost overshadowed the fact that in the same game Barry Bonds also hit his 50th home run of the season off of Cubs reliever Joe Borowski.

August 12
Alou And Alou Homer: In the first game of a doubleheader against the Pirates at Candlestick Park on this date in 1965, two Giants right fielders both hit home runs in a 4-3 victory, and both were named Alou. Jesus Alou started in right and homered in the sixth inning, and older brother Matty, who came into the ballgame in the eight inning, hit the go-ahead shot in the bottom of the inning.

August 13
A Lot of Snow at Philadelphia: Sure, it was only a year ago, but it’s worth noting – J.T. Snow hit three home runs in a game against the Phillies in a 16-6 Giants romp at Citizens Bank Park. Snow also scored five runs in the game, which tied the franchise high, equaled by only Willie Mays and Barry Bonds (each twice).

August 14
Spot-Starter Blanks Milwaukee: Giants pitcher Bobby Bolin one-hit the Milwaukee Braves on this date in 1964 en route to a 3-0 Giants victory at Candlestick Park. Bolin walked six and struck out six, and allowed only a leadoff single to Braves catcher Ed Bailey (who was a Giant the previous season) in the fifth inning. All three Giants runs crossed the plate via solo home runs – Willie McCovey in the first, Orlando Cepeda in the second, and Willie Mays in the sixth.



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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