This Week in Giants Baseball History

A couple of SoCal birthdays and some lopsided scores below. Including two Trevor Wilson sightings (who?), some painful pitching (ouch!), and a perfect game foiled by a Nicaraguan leg (no…)? Read on, dear readers…

June 5
The Most Painful of Wins: In a 12-2 San Francisco Giants pasting of the San Diego Padres on this date in 2002 at Qualcomm Stadium, Barry Bonds hit his 587th career home run, but another landmark was also reached – a record four Giants were hit by Padres pitching.  Losing pitcher Dennis Tankersley hit three batters in 3+ innings, but the Giants didn’t hit any Padres – they let the score do the talking.

June 6
Have Mullet, Will Drive in Runs: A serviceable player during his nine-year career, Cory Snyder had one of his most productive days as a Giant on this date in 1992.  Batting cleanup, the mulleted one drove in seven runs as the Giants doubled up the Houston Astros 12-6 at Candlestick Park.  Three of Snyder’s four hits were extra-base hits – an RBI double in the fourth, a 2-run home run in the sixth, and a bases-clearing double in the seventh.

June 7
The Grinning One Turns 40: A fan favorite during his seven years in orange and black, Trevor Wilson was born on this date in 1966, in Torrance CA.  Cheers!

June 8
Scorching Up Hot-Lanta: Atlanta in June can be quite humid, but the Giants made it all the more unpleasant for the home team on this date in 1990, as the Giants walloped the Atlanta Braves 23-8 at Fulton County Stadium.  Leadoff hitter Rick Parker and Will Clark drove in six runs each, and Parker and Jose Uribe had four hits apiece.  Amazingly, the Giants starting pitcher didn’t get the win – Bob Knepper only lasted 3 innings, so Trevor Wilson got the win in relief.

June 9
Our Sparkplug: Giants outfielder and Santa Clara grad Randy Winn was born on this date in 1974, in Los Angeles.  Keep on keeping on!

June 10
A Leg Away From Perfection: Sure, we all hate Kevin Brown, but give him props – especially on this date in 1997, when he threw the season’s first no-hitter against the Giants in a 9-0 Florida Marlins victory at Candlestick Park.  If it weren’t for hitting Marvin Benard’s leg in the bottom of the eighth inning, Brown might have had a perfect game.  Giants starter William Van Landingham matched zeroes – and no hits – with Brown until the seventh inning, then all hell broke loose.

June 11
Doubling up the Phillies: The New York Giants welcomed the Philadelphia Phillies into town for a doubleheader on this date in 1944, and swept the series by identical 6-5 scores.  The second game took twelve innings, but same result.

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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