Way, Way Before Triples Alley: The New York Giants ran themselves silly in an 8-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on this date in 1911 at Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans. Among the Giants’ thirteen hits were a franchise record four triples, including two by Hall of Fame starting pitcher Rube Marquard.
The Ripping Continues: Jack Clark’s franchise record consecutive games hitting streak was extended to 26 straight games on this date in 1978, a 3-2 San Francisco Giants victory at Candlestick Park over one of Clark’s future teams, the St. Louis Cardinals. Vida Blue went the distance for the victory, striking out ten Cards. St. Louis would keep Clark hitless the next day.
Man Wearing Catching Gear Traded for Another: Popular, defensively skilled, but offensively weak catcher Kirt Manwaring was traded on this date in 1996 to the Houston Astros in exchange for power-hitting backstop Rick Wilkins. The trade did not pan out too well for the Giants as Wilkins, who once hit 30 home runs for the Chicago Cubs, hit a total of 14 dingers in parts of two seasons as a Giant, and batted a woeful .195 in 1997.
Owner of a Splash Hit and Many Pinch Hits Ousted: Another trade that didn’t quite work out was one on this date in 2001, when the Giants sent pinch hitting specialist Felipe Crespo to the Philadelphia Phillies for reliever Wayne Gomes. Appearing in thirteen games, Gomes pitched to the tune of an 8.40 ERA, including eight earned runs in his final three appearances as a Giant.
Almost a No-No: Scott Garrelts got the first 26 outs against the Reds on this date in 1990 at Candlestick Park without giving up a hit. But with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Paul O’Neill’s shallow single to center broke up his no-hit bid. Garrelts and the Giants settled for a one-hitter and a 4-0 victory.
Poor, Poor Catcher: Way back on this date in 1911, the New York Giants set the franchise record for stolen bases in a game with nine swipes in an 8-0 blanking of the Cardinals at Robison Field. Eight different Giants got into the act, with third baseman Buck Herzog swiping two bags. Seven of the nine steals were off of Cardinals catcher Jack Bliss, who probably wasn’t feeling his name.
Welcome Woody: A major piece to the Giants’ recent successes was acquired on this date in 1996, as the Giants traded away disgruntled starting pitcher Mark Leiter to the Montreal Expos in exchange for Tim Scott. Oh, and they also got some lanky kid named Kirk Rueter, too.
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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