This Week in Giants Baseball History

With the Giants about to hoof it on the East Coast for a few days, let's look at some notable road victories from the past. Offense was the name of the game with these beauties – power hitting, numerous hitting, and even a little thievery.

May 29
Ripping the Pirates: Powered by six RBIs from Jack Clark, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 on this date in 1982 at Three Rivers Stadium.  The Ripper hit a grand slam off of future Giant Don Robinson in the fifth inning, and again victimized the Caveman with a two-run shot in the seventh.

May 30
Pasting the Phillies: Inspired by six RBIs from Irish Meusel, the New York Giant banged out 25 hits in defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 16-7 on this date in 1922 at the old Baker Bowl.  Eight of those 25 hits were doubles, a franchise record.

May 31
Metropolitan Thievery: With five stolen bases in the game, the Giants literally stole their way to a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on this date in 1986 at Shea Stadium.  The kleptomaniacs were catcher Bob Melvin, young second baseman Robby Thompson, and surprising thief Chili Davis, who managed to swipe three bags.  All the steals came off of future Giant and Hall of Famer Gary Carter.

June 1
More Thievery in Hollywood: The Giants also stole five bases in a 6-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on this date in 1976 at Dodger Stadium.  No, Mike Piazza was not behind the plate on this one; Steve Yeager and Ellie Rodriguez were the ones victimized by the Giants’ speed.  Ed Halicki went the distance for the shutout, defeating Hall of Famer Don Sutton who also went the distance.

June 2
A 32nd Rounder: The 1987 amateur draft began on this date with Ken Griffey Jr. as the first overall pick.  The Giants selected pitcher Mike Remlinger with their first round selection (sixteenth overall), but a future Giants All-Star did not get selected until 31 rounds later – Robb Nen, by the Texas Rangers.  Proof that the draft isn’t an exact science.

June 3
20 Hits in San Diego: Every Giants starter had at least one hit in an 11-3 drubbing of the San Diego Padres on this date in 2002, including starting pitcher Russ Ortiz who banged out two hits.  Marvin Benard, Jeff Kent, and Benito Santiago had three RBIs apiece.

June 4
Cha Cha Bludgeons the Braves: The Giants defeated the Milwaukee Braves 11-5 on this date in 1959, and they couldn’t have done it without Orlando Cepeda.  Two of Cha Cha’s four hits left the yard, and he finished the day with seven RBIs.

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 to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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