This Week in Giants Baseball History

As Tom Tolbert is fond of saying in his radio infomercials, the Giants are rolling. But as good as this year's starting pitching has been lately, a few of the guys below were just dominant. Read on, and believe your elders when they tell you that they just don't make ‘em like that anymore!

August 28
Lord of the Blankings: Beginning with a 7-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Candlestick Park on this date in 1967, Gaylord Perry began what would become the longest consecutive inning scoreless streak by an individual in New York / San Francisco Giants franchise history.  Perry went the distance in this game, striking out 9 Dodgers, and wouldn’t give up another run until the seventh inning of a game played against the Chicago Cubs on September 10 – a span of 40 innings.  This streak would be tied three seasons later – again by Perry.

August 29
Thanks, Russ: The Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 9-5 at Turner Field on this date in 2004, and defeated an old friend in the process – former Giants ace Russ Ortiz.  Ortiz surrendered 7 earned runs in 5 innings of work, and was most generous to Barry Bonds, as the slugger clubbed a pair of home runs off his old teammate.  Bonds ended up with 4 hits and 6 runs driven in.

August 30
Shussing Ks at the BOB: In the meeting of two aces, Jason Schmidt got the better of eventual Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson as the Giants edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 at Bank on Ballpark in 2002.  The Giants scored all 7 runs off of the Big Unit in 6 innings, and 5 Giants pitchers did what they could to keep Arizona from reaching base by combining for 15 strikeouts.  Schmidt struck out 10 in 5 innings, and Robb Nen finished it by fanning 3 in the final 1 1/3 innings.

August 31
On the Flip Side: It’s hard for a Giants fan to acknowledge a milestone by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but with Sandy Koufax pitching at home, the Giants struck out 18 times against the future Hall of Fame Dodgers southpaw in losing 5-2 at the LA Memorial Coliseum on this date in 1959.  Koufax’s 18 Ks was a record for a pitcher in a single game, and stood for three seasons until Tom Cheney of the Washington Senators came out of nowhere to strike out 21 Baltimore Orioles in 16 innings of work on September 12, 1962 at Memorial Stadium – still the Major League record.

September 1
A 21-Inning Shutout: The Giants and the Cincinnati Reds combined for 27 hits in a 21-inning affair at Crosley Field on this date in 1967, but only one run – scored by the Giants in the top of the 21st inning, as they prevailed 1-0 over Cincinnati.  This was in the midst of Gaylord Perry’s franchise record consecutive inning scoreless streak, and Perry certainly played his part in the victory by pitching 16 innings of shutout ball in the game, striking out 12 Reds.  Reliever Frank Linzy blanked the Reds for the final five innings for the victory.

September 2
Richie Turns 35: Happy birthday to former Giant Rich Aurilia, born on this date in 1971 in Brooklyn, NY.  Nice to see you having a resurgent year in Cincinnati – just don’t do it against the Giants!

September 3
He Knows How Bonds Feels: Two seasons before he drew a then-record 45 intentional walks in a season, Willie McCovey was given the four finger discount to first three times in a game – ironically for the only time in his career – on this date in 1967 at Crosley Field.  The plan worked every time, as subsequent batters ended the inning without incident, but the Giants won the war, defeating the Reds 4-0.  Ray Sadecki pitched a 3-hit shutout for the victory.



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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