This Week in Giants Baseball History

August is typically a time when pitchers wind down and hitters start hacking their way to playoffs and MVPs as a result. Many memorable San Francisco Giants hitting feats were therefore achieved in this month, as seen below. And if you're a New York Mets fan, avert your eyes.

August 7
Hack Attack at the Astrodome: The Giants banged out thirteen hits on this date in 1984, in a 9-2 rout of the Houston Astros.  Five of those hits belonged to cleanup hitter Jeffrey Leonard, who drove in three runs.  Unfortunately, all five hits were singles, so the Houston fans did not get to witness Leonard’s one-flap-down home run trot.  Mike Krukow pitched the first five innings for the victory.

August 8
Double the Fun Twice: The Giants as a team hit six doubles as a team twice on this date – in 2001 in an 11-9 slugfest loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Cinergy Field, and in a 9-1 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies at Pac Bell Park in 2003.  The twelve combined doubles were hit by eleven different Giants, with former utility infielder Ramon Martinez hitting two two-baggers in Cincinnati.

August 9
Humm Baby’s Losing Streak: Future Giants manager Roger Craig was a pitcher for the woeful New York Mets in 1963, and he got into the NL record books by losing eighteen consecutive games until he broke through with a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on this date.  Craig still went on to lead the NL with 22 losses that year despite a 3.78 ERA.  Being on the wrong end of nine shutouts in a year will do that to your record.

August 10
Davenport Downs Dodgers: Lifelong Giant Jim Davenport had himself quite a day as a rookie against an arch rival.  The young third baseman went 5-for-6 and was part of scoring rallies in the decisive seventh and ninth innings as the Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-8 at the LA Memorial Coliseum on this date in 1958.  Davenport even got the better of a young Dodgers lefty reliever in the ninth to score his fourth run of the game.  The reliever?  Not yet dominant Sandy Koufax.

August 11
Another Young Third Baseman Does Good: One day and 31 years after Davenport’s performance, young slugger Matt  Williams drove in six runs with two home runs as the Giants routed the Dodgers 10-2 at Candlestick Park on this date in 1989.  Both shots were off of loser Tim Belcher, including a grand slam in the first inning.  NL MVP Kevin Mitchell also hit his 37th home run in the fourth inning.

August 12
A Near-Gift at Shea: The Giants lost 3-2 to the New York Mets on this date in 2000 at Shea Stadium, but the Mets – and outfielder Benny Agbayani in particular – tried their best to keep the Giants in the game.  With the Giants threatening with two runners on base in the top of the fourth inning, a flyball was hit to Agbayani for the second out.  Thinking the inning was over, Agbayani gave the ball to a kid in the stands.  By the time Agbayani realized his mistake and retrieved the ball, two Giants runs had scored.

August 13
Who Are You Calling a Light-Hitting First Baseman?: God’s honest truth – J.T. Snow hit three home runs on this date in 2004, as the Giants pounded the Phillies 16-6 at Citizens Bank Ballpark.  Snow got things going in the first by hitting a two-run shot off of Phillies starter Brett Myers, then hit solo shots off of reliever Amaury Telemaco in the fifth and seventh innings.  Barry Bonds, Marquis Grissom, and the lovable A.J. Pierzynski also homered in the game.



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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