Lack of Control Almost Exposed: A Saturday afternoon game at Candlestick Park against the Montreal Expos on this date in 1976 turned into a marathon 16-inning affair particularly for the pitchers. Led by starting pitcher John D’Acquisto, the San Francisco Giants generously issued 10 walks to Expos batters including a pair of free passes in a 4-run top of the eighth inning that temporarily gave Montreal a 4-2 lead. The Giants tied it in the bottom of the ninth on a Bobby Murcer leadoff home run and an RBI single by Dave Rader, and eventually won it in the bottom of the sixteenth with a two-out RBI single by Larry Herndon.
Bravo, Number 8 Hitter: The Giants managed to hold off the Houston Astros 11-8 at the Astrodome on this date in 1991. Four of the Giants were scored by shortstop Jose Uribe, who went 5-for-5 with two doubles. Then-Astro and current Giant Steve Finley had his usual good day against Giants pitching, going 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored. Current ESPN analyst Jeff Brantley got the win in relief, and current Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti picked up the save.
Fast Food Chili: Way, way before knee trouble limited him to DH duties, Chili Davis was a multi-talented threat at the plate as well as on the bases. He showed off the latter talent on this date in 1987, when he stole 3 bases against the Expos as the Giants defeated Montreal 5-3 at Olympic Stadium. Davis stole second and third in the top of the fourth inning, then stole second again after reaching base in the top of the ninth because of an error by future Giant Andres Galarraga.
Halicki’s Hitless Heroics: Big Ed Halicki never had a winning season in seven years as a Giant, but he went into the history books on this date in 1975, as he no-hit the New York Mets in a 6-0 Giants victory at Candlestick Park. Halicki’s effort included 10 Ks, and he struck out at least one Met in every inning but the sixth inning.
21-Hit Salute in Philly: A very talented Giants hitting squad showed their mettle on this date in 2000 to the tune of 16 runs on 21 hits, as San Francisco pounded the Philadelphia Phillies 16-3 at Veterans Stadium. Every Giants starter except catcher Bobby Estalella had at least one hit, including pitcher Russ Ortiz, who banged out three hits of his own. The Giants tied a franchise record by hitting 8 doubles in the game two by Bill Mueller, and one apiece by Jeff Kent, Marvin Benard, J.T. Snow, Rich Aurilia, Felipe Crespo, and Ramon Martinez.
Stretching Out the Phillies Again: The Giants clobbered the Phillies on this date in 1969 by a score of 13-4. Willie McCovey clubbed his 40th home run of the season (he would finish the season with an NL-leading 45) and drove in 6 runs, and Bobby Bonds followed him in the batting order with two home runs of his own, driving in 5. Gaylord Perry went the distance for the relatively easy victory, striking out 8.
Count K: In a game full of strikeouts, the Giants won the K battle and the war, defeating the Expos 9-1 at Candlestick Park on this date in 1975. John Montefusco went the distance, scattering seven hits while striking out 14 batters. Giants batters struck out 11 times (including 3 by the Count himself), but made enough contact to drive in 9 runs, led by third baseman Bruce Miller, who drove in four.
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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