One Score and Eight Years Ago: The San Francisco Giants did eight years ago today what they could not this past Sunday throttle an All-Star Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher at Dodgers Stadium. Orel Hershiser was the victim in 1988, as he lasted only two inning after being torched for eight runs (five earned). The Dodgers relief corps didn’t fare much better, and the 20-hit Giant attack led to a 15-4 Giants victory. Catcher Bob Melvin and future Dodger Brett Butler homered for the Giants.
A Winn-Winn Situation: Here’s how you get a contract extension hit a leadoff single in the first inning, hit a leadoff home run in the third, hit a double in the fourth, and hit a leadoff triple in the sixth. Oh, and bat .359 for two months for your new team. Randy Winn accomplished this cycle on this date a year ago in 2005 against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark. The Giant won the game 7-3.
Not to Be Out-Winned: On the very next day, the Giants rapped out 19 hits two more by Winn, and five apiece by Pedro Feliz and Deivi Cruz in outslugging the Reds 10-8. Former Giant Rich Aurilia greeted starter Jason Schmidt rudely by hitting a pair of 2-run home runs, but 4 runs scored by Feliz and 5 RBIs by Cruz kept the Giants in the win column.
Streaking Stretch: By hitting an RBI single as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning on this date in 1959, Willie McCovey began what would end up being the third longest consecutive game hitting streak in franchise history 22 games. McCovey’s single helped the Giants beat who else the Reds at Crosley Field 6-3. Felipe Alou also rapped out three hits in the game.
The Beginning of Nothing: In a bit of irony, while being blanking by the Florida Marlins 3-0 at Pro Player Stadium on this date in 2002, the Giants began a stretch of 29 consecutive innings in which they prevented their opponents from scoring. Giants starter Russ Ortiz gave up the final run of the ballgame in the sixth inning, and then Livan Hernandez returned the favor by shutting out the Marlins 3-0 the very next day. Schmidt then threw a complete game, 5-hit, 13-strikeout gem of his own against the New York Mets, and it wasn’t until Robb Nen threw a wild pitch in the ninth inning of the following game that the scoreless streak was over.
More Mets Blanking: Speaking of New York’s other team, the Giants and Mets played a marathon of a game on this date in 1968 at Shea Stadium a 17-inning affair that eventually ended as a 1-0 Giants victory. Giants starter Bobby Bolin tried his best to end up with the decision, pitching the first eleven innings of shutout ball. But reliever Frank Linzy got the victory when a two-out single by Ron Hunt scored Hal Lanier for the game’s lone run in the top of the seventeenth inning. Mike McCormick pitched the last half of the inning for the save.
Fuentes en Fuego: Aided by a five-run rally in the top of the ninth inning, the Giants downed the Pittsbugh Pirates 8-7 at Three Rivers Stadium on this date in 1974. The Giants eventually won the game in the tenth inning, and Tito Fuentes played a part in both rallies by singling in the ninth his fifth hit in the game and inducing a leadoff walk in the tenth, when he would eventually come around to score the winning run.
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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