10-for-10: On this date in 1978 at Busch Stadium, the San Francisco Giants received 5-for-5 performances from both Terry Whitfield and Darrell Evans, and they needed every bit of them to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-7. Whitfield and Evans both singled in the top of the ninth, when the Giants broke a 7-7 tie to win it.
HRs Not Enough to Offset Ks: In an extra-inning affair against the Florida Marlins on this date in 1995 at Candlestick Park, the Giants hit five home runs – by Steve Scarsone, Mark Carreon, Glenallen Hill, and two by Barry Bonds – but struck out sixteen times against fishy pitching to lose the game 12-10 in fourteen innings. With two outs in the ninth inning and the Giants trailing by a run, Bonds's second homer of the game was against future Giant Robb Nen and sent the game into extras. The Marlins eventually struck for five runs in the top of the fourteenth, and a three-run rally in the bottom of the inning – the result of a 3-run shot by Hill with two outs – wasn't enough to win this roller coaster.
Free Pass Frenzy: No, this had nothing to do with Barry Bonds, but rather Doug Rader. Batting eighth in a game against the Cardinals on this date in 1975 at Candlestick Park, the Giants catcher managed to play the entire game without an official at bat, as he was walked four times – thrice intentionally – to get to the pitcher. The Cardinals' strategy worked every time – Giants starter John Montefusco went 0-for-4 at the plate – but the Giants still won the game 5-2. Just for kicks, the Cards walked a total of nine Giants in the game, with three more intentional walks – one to Bobby Murcer and two to Willie Montanez.
Cliffhanger: It took a while and two locations, but the Giants eventually defeated the Chicago Cubs 9-8 on a game begun on this date in 1978 at Wrigley Field. The game was suspended with two outs in the top of the eighth (due to darkness? Rain? We'll never know), and resumed at Candlestick Park eight days later. All the scoring took place at Wrigley, with Jack Clark singling in the go-ahead run immediately before the suspension.
Humm-Baby, More Walks: With a lineup that featured Willie Mays and Willie McCovey, it's not surprising that the 1965 Giants drew a lot of walks. Such was the case on this date at Candlestick Park, as Cincinnati Reds pitchers walked eleven Giants batters in a 5-4 Giants victory. Juan Marichal started the game for the Giants, but received a no-decision after leaving the game tied 4-4 at the end of eight innings. The game stayed that way until the bottom of the eleventh inning, when a Reds reliever allowed a single, a sacrifice, two intentional walks, and a game-winning single. That reliever? Future Giants skipper Roger Craig.
Schmidt Fodder: Ryan Vogelsong, we hardly knew ye. The current Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher and former Giants draft pick was born on this date in 1977, in Charlotte NC. Appearing in just 17 games for the Giants, Vogelsong and outfielder Armando Rios were used as trade bait to lure over John Vander Wal and some 3-time All Star named Jason Schmidt.
Beating Up an Old Friend: The Giants welcomed back former starting pitcher Mark Leiter and his Philadelphia Phillies to Candlestick Park on this date in 1997 to the tune of a 16-4 pasting. Barry Bonds in particular liked one of Leiter's pitches – his grand slam in the bottom of the third was part of a seven-run rally in the inning.
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 email@example.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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