Hail to the Hoke: Happy 42nd birthday to former San Francisco Giants pitcher and current ESPN baseball analyst Jeff Brantley, born on this date back in 1963, in Florence, AL. An underrated reliever, Brantley sported a 1.56 ERA and 19 saves with the Giants in 1990, and led the NL with 44 saves with the Cincinnati Reds in 1996.
Sound Familiar?: The second-place Giants crept closer to the NL West leader by defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 on this date in 2001. One of the Giants runs was driven in by Bonds 60th home run of the season.
The Kitchen Sink Game: In a 15-inning 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros played on this date back in 1967 at Candlestick Park, the Giants used an amazing NL record-tying 25 players. In addition to the 9 starters, manager Herman Franks utilized 6 pinch hitters, 3 pinch runners, 5 relief pitchers, and 2 defensive substitutions. Leadoff batter Jesus Alou played the entire game, and had four hits in eight at-bats. The two Willies Mays and McCovery combined to go 0-for-10.
Doublemint Candy: The Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 4-3 on this date in 1986 at Candlestick Park. Will Clark and Candy Maldonado both rapped out three hits, with all three of Maldonados hits being doubles.
The Barbers 20th: In the heat of at tight pennant race with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Sal Maglie won his twentieth game of the season as he and the New York Giants defeated the Dodgers 2-1 on this date in 1951 at Ebbets Field. The victory brought the Giants to within 5 _ games of the Dodgers for first, and the orange and black would catch them the Giants finished a game up on the Dodgers to win the 1951 NL pennant.
Perrys First Streak Ends: An unearned run in the seventh inning of a 2-1 Giants victory over the Chicago Cubs at Candlestick Park on this date in 1967 ended Gaylord Perrys 40-inning consecutive scoreless streak, which set the franchise record. Both future Hall of Famers, Perry and Cubs starter Ferguson Jenkins each allowed only three hits in the ballgame. Perry would later match this streak with another 40 shutout innings three years later.
[God bless America. We will never forget. DS]
Hammaker Ks 14: On this date in 1983 at Candlestick Park, young Atlee Hammaker struck out 14 Astros in 7+ innings as the Giants defeated Houston 3-2. Despite the 14Ks, Hammaker was on the hook for the loss when he exited the game, as the Giants were being shut out 2-0. But the Giants rallied for three in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Astros starter Nolan Ryan. Greg Minton picked up the victory. Hammakers 14-strikeout effort was one shy of tying Gaylord Perry for the franchise mark.
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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