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July 26 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Here are the top 5 July 26 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1963 home vs, Pittsburgh, 24 days before we were a game out of first place - six days before we were 10 back, we come into this one 7.5 games out, trying to win our fifth straight after sweeping the Mets, 4-4 with an out in the 9th, Chuck Hiller hits a 2 run walk off homer off of Roy Face.  Hiller got two years as our primary second baseman, couldn't hit enough, particularly in '63 where he had a 62 OPS+.  Hiller only hit 20 career homers, this is his 7th and his only career walk off.  Here's good - of those 20 career homers, 3 were off Bob Gibson.



1969 at St Louis, it's game 99 and we're 2 games out of the lead, down 6-5 in the 9th, Jim Ray Hart hits a two run homer off of Joe Hoerner, we win it 7-6.  It's Hart's 142nd career homer. Hart's last year as our primary third baseman was '68, beginning this year he comes off the bench at both third and left all the way until he's sent to the Yankees early in the '73 season.  The first San Francisco third baseman is Davenport, he keeps that job through '63 and Hart takes over from '64-68, in '69 it's Davenport again.  That gets us into the 70s with just these two guys (then it's Gallagher/Goodson/Ontiveros/Reitz and you just want to bring Jim Ray Hart back)



1975 at Houston, we're 16 out, playing a doubleheader in Houston, down 2-1, Bobby Murcer doubles home 2 off of Ken Forsch, 3-2 winds up the final score and then we also get game 2.  Murcer hit in both his Giants seasons, his career Giants OPS+ was 125. You know who Murcer really hit well in his career? Catfish Hunter.  21 hits in 58 at bats, that's a .362 BA and he had a 1.027 career OPS against him. On the other hand he was a career 0-11 against Dennis Leonard.



Walk off 1980 home vs. Pittsburgh, we're only 7.5 out, so there's still some season left for us to win this division, bottom of the 10th, a guy who shows up on this daily list time and time again comes through - Jack Clark triples off Grant Jackson to score Joe Strain with the winning run.  Clark hit the ball, career Giants OPS+ of 134 and he hit even better than that in both St Louis and San Diego.  Jack Clark killed Jerry Reuss, 24 hits in 63 at bats (.381) with an OPS of 1.154 and five career homers.  On the other hand he was hitless in 14 career at bats against Bill Swift.



Walk off 1998 home vs. Reds, we're 13 out and this is game 105, so the season's done, we only get 3 hits in this one, the third coming with a 1-1 score in the bottom of the 10th, Jeff Kent led off with a homer off Stan Belinda to send everyone home.  It was his 4th homer in 3 days. One of the guys Kent killed was Terry Mulholland, 15-39 (.385) with a 1.109 OPS.  A guy he didn't hit was Osvaldo Fernandez (0-10).

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

July, 2017 Athlete of the Month

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

June is here.


Roger Federer.  Runners-up: Aaron Judge,  Jordan Spieth,  Jose Altuve

The year is over halfway down, we've got a good race going.  Who will be Athlete of the Year for 2017?

January - Deshaun Watson
February - Tom Brady
March - Russell Westbrook
April - A'ja Wilson
May - Stephen Curry
June- Kevin Durant
July - Roger Federer

July 25 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

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Here are the top 5 July 25 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1978 home vs. Cardinals, we're 21 over .500 with a 2 game lead in the west (we're gonna win! we're going to the playoffs!) almost 40,000 paid on a Tuesday night at the Stick, dueling complete games by Vida Blue and Bob Forsch, we're down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Mike Ivie pinch hits a 2 run homer to win the game.  It's Ivie's first Giants season, he splits time at first with McCovey, it's his second best ever year with the bat (his best is coming in '79) this is Ivie's 32nd career home run and the only walk off home run he'll ever hit.



1988 home vs. Dodgers, we're 7 games back, starting a 4 game set against the first place Dodgers, Kelly Downs throws a complete game 5 hitter and gets the win when, with the score 1-1 in the 7th, Kevin Mitchell hits a 2 run homer off Fernando Valenzuela for the final runs scored in the game.  This is Mitch's last year at third base, he moves to the outfield, really during the '88 season, which is where he spends the rest of his NL career.  This is Mitchell's 47th career homer, three of those had been off of Fernando - do you remember where Valenzuela finished his career?  St Louis.  He pitched in five games for the Cardinals in '97.



1992 at Philadelphia, this is game 96 of what looked for all the world to be the last ever season of San Francisco Giants baseball, we're a dozen games out, it's 2-2 in the 10th, Mike Felder drives home Kevin Bass with a double off of Mitch Williams - we win this one 6-2.  Felder spent 2 seasons as our 4th OF, this was his second and his more productive - with an OPS+ of 106 this is easily the best season with the bat in his 10 year career.  Felder's off to Seattle after the season and never plays a big league game after '94.



Walk off 2003 home vs. Padres, 11 game lead, 28 games over .500, we've won 8 straight, how about one more - 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th, Pedro Feliz hits a 3 run homer off of Jay Witasek to win the game.  This is the best year of Feliz's career with the bat, he has a 102 OPS+ and the last season before we jumped his number of plate appearances beyond a reasonable level.  This is his 19th career homer and the only Giants walk off he'd ever hit.



2010 at Arizona, we're 3 out of first, looking for a 4 game sweep in Phoenix, 2-2 with 2 out in the 10th, Travis Ishikawa singles home what turns out to be the winning run off of Esmerling Vasquez.  This is the last year of Ishikawa's first Giants run, he was drafted 8 years before, as an 18 year old in '02 (in the 21st round, no one else selected in that round who signed made the big leagues; for example, the guy chosen right before Ishikawa was a San Jose St third baseman who never made it above A ball.) Ishikawa came up on '06, was our primary first baseman in '09. He spends all of '11 in AAA and then we let him go and he heads to Milwaukee.  He comes back.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!



2010 at Arizona, we're 3 out of first, looking for a 4 game sweep in Phoenix, 2-2 with 2 out in the 10th, Travis Ishikawa singles home what turns out to be the winning run off of Esmerling Vasquez.  This is the last year of Ishikawa's first Giants run, he was drafted 8 years before, as an 18 year old in '02 (in the 21st round, no one else selected in that round who signed made the big leagues; for example, the guy chosen right before Ishikawa was a San Jose St third baseman who never made it above A ball.) Ishikawa came up on '06, was our primary first baseman in '09. He spends all of '11 in AAA and then we let him go and he heads to Milwaukee.  He comes back.

July 24 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, July 24, 2017

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Here are the top 5 July 24 moments in San Francisco Giants history. 5 different decades.



Walk off 1959 home vs. Cubs, it's game 96 for the second San Francisco squad, we're up 1.5 in the NL, this is really long game for 1959 standards, nearly 4 hours, Jim Davenport breaks the 5-5 tie in the bottom of the 10th, singling home Hobie Landrith off of Don Elston for the walk off win.  It's the 13th walk off hit in San Francisco history.

Walk off 1963 home vs. Mets, it's game 100, we're 8.5 out, so the situation is not great, and the situation here isn't great - we get 3 hit by Al Jackson, the third coming when we trailed 3-2 in the 9th inning, Jim Davenport doubles home 2 runs to win the game.  It's his 4th career walk off hit.



Walk off 1977 home vs. Expos, the season's done, we're 15.5 out, but we won the first half of this double header, we go a dozen in over 3 and a half hours in game 2, it took a Darrell Evans homer to tie it in the 8th, now it's the 12th, 4-4, Jack Clark sends everyone home with a solo shot off of Will McEnaney.  It's Clarks 12th career homer and first walk off (he hits 8 in his career, one was against us in '87 off of Lefferts)




1994 at New York, on July 5 we were 9.5 back but then ripped off 9 straight and are now 2.5 back - you gotta like gaining 7 games in 19 days, we don't know that there won't be a World Series this year, we're on a run, daddy.  We're down 6-5 in the 8th, bases loaded, 2 out, John Franco pitching to...Barry Bonds, on his 30th birthday, he drives home 2 with a base hit, we win the game 8-6.  The day before we had a 3 and a half hour rain delay.  Bonds finished 4th in the NL MVP race, which was his worst finish in 5 years.  The Pirates drafted Barry 6th overall in '85, picked just before him was Kurt Brown, a high school catcher taken by the White Sox.  He never made the big leagues and only got one year in AA.



2003 home vs. Diamonbacks, everything's coming up Giants in late July of '03, we're 27 over .500, we're 10 games up in the west, we've won 7 straight - it's an unstoppable juggernaut - sold out on a Thursday afternoon at Pac Bell, we only get 5 hits, it's 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th, Mike Myers facing....Barry Bonds, on his 39th birthday, he homers to keep that win streak going.  It's homer #646 for Barry, his 7th career walk off, his 5th as a Giant.  It's his 470th career homer as a Giant, sending him past McCovey on our all time list.  Barry, of course, his #762 homers - how many of them were against the Giants?

15.

He got Roger Mason in '86.
Jeff Robinson in '87
Krukow, Downs, and Joe Price in '88
Bedrosian and Don Robinson (got him twice) in '89
Mark Thurmond, Reuschel and Garrelts in '90
Burkett in '91
Francisco Oliveras, Bud Black, and Burkett again in '92

See you tomorrow. Go Giants!

July 23 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Here are the top 5 July 23 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1972 home vs. Mets, we're 17.5 out, just playing out the string, complete games for both starters here, Ron Bryant against Tom Seaver - we're down 2-1 with 2 out in the 5th when Bobby Bonds hits a 3 run homer off Seaver.  We win it 5-2.  Mays went hitless for the Mets. It's Bonds's 115th career homer.  Seaver normally killed Bonds, in 58 plate appearances Bobby had a .118 BA, that's 6 hits - but four of them were homers.





1988 at St Louis, we were 2.5 out just a couple weeks before, but now are 7 back after getting walked off the night before, 5-5 in the 9th inning, Candy Maldonado singles home Brett Butler off of Todd Worrell, we win it 6-5.  Candy was our primary RF from '87-89, it was Chili in '85-6 and obviously Jack Clark before that, all the way back to 1977.  It was Murcer in '75-6 and before that it was Bobby Bonds, all the way back to '69.  That's 2 decades of Giants right fielders.  The fight at second base is the day after this game.



2008 home vs. Nationals, we're 8.5 back, we're down 4-3 in the 8th, Rich Aurilia hits a 2 run double off Luis Ayala and we win this one 6-4.  The Rangers drafted Aurilia in the 24th round in '92. The only other player drafted in that round, who signed with his team and made it to the majors was Mike DeJean, who had a ten year career as a reliever.



2014 at Philadelphia, 13 games up with a 1.5 game lead in the west, we only got 5 hits in this one, it's scoreless in the 9th, bases loaded, two out, Hunter Pence clears them with a double off of Jonathan Papelbon, we win this one 3-1.  Pence took over RF from the Giants after coming over from the Phillies at the deadline in '12. Through '16 he's the 43rd greatest San Francisco Giant ever.



2016 at Yankees, we went into the Break with the best record in baseball, 24 games over .500 with a 6.5 game lead in the west.  We haven't won since, dropping 6 straight and our lead is down to 4.  It takes another 12 innings and 4 and a half hours here before we stop that slide, 1-1 in the 12th, Mac Williamson singles home Trevor Brown off of Anthony Swarzak and that 2-1 lead holds up.  We drafted Williamson as a 22 year old in the third round in 2012 (as of this writing, not much value has come out of that round, Andrew Toles has been good in very limited time with the Dodgers) Williamson's time has also been limited, a couple hundred replacement level plate appearances in portions of three seasons beginning in 2015.  He just hasn't hit enough to stay in the lineup despite some opportunities in the Giants outfield.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

July 22 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Here are the Top 5 July 22 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1964 home vs. Cubs, it's game 95, just a week before we were up a game - but now we're one out of first place, it's 3-3 in the 6th (we scored those three on a Hal Lanier homer in the 5th) Orlando Cepeda hits a two run homer off Larry Jackson, we're gonna win this one 7-3, but we can never make up that game and get back into first.  It's Cepeda's 208th career homer, he only hits 17 more as a Giant.



1983 at Pittsburgh, game 94, 11 games out, down 3-2 in the 8th, Joel Youngblood drives in two with a pinch base hit off of Kent Tekulve, we're gonna win it 5-3. Jack Clark had five hits on the day. It's Youngblood's first year of 6 in San Francisco and easily his best, he had a 138 OPS+



Walk off 1996 home vs. Cubs, we're 9.5 games out, Kim Batiste pinch homered in the 7th to tie the score at one, and in the bottom of the 9th Rich Aurilia singled with one out - Kirt Manwaring tried to bunt him over but got hit by the pitch, a batter later the Cubs tried to pick Aurilia off second, but the catcher's throw hit him, with 2 outs and Aurilia on third a Marvin Benard ground ball went under Ryne Sandberg's glove to score the game winning run.  It's Batiste's only season in San Francisco, he played 54 games as a Giant and didn't hit at all, having an OPS+ of 49 as a utility guy.  It's hit 26th game as a Giant, his 9th hit and his second of 3 home runs.



1997 home vs. Phillies, it's game 100, the first time we've hit that number on this daily look at great Giants moments, we're 3 up in the NL West, Bonds homered to tie the game in the 5th, but we were down 4-3 in the 7th when Jeff Kent hit a 2 run over off of Jerry Spradlin (Kent's second homer) and we're gonna win it 8-5.  This is Kent's first season in San Francisco after the Matt Williams trade with Cleveland, he was okay, it's really '98 as a 30 year old that he starts the march to his Hall of Fame level career.



2014 at Philadelphia, up 1.5 in the West, we play a near 6 hour game on a Tuesday night at the Vet, 5-5 with 2 out and the bases loaded in the top of the 14th - Brandon Crawford doubles off Jeff Manship, clearing the bases, and we win it 9-6.  Buster Posey had a game tying homer in the 9th. We drafted Crawford as 21 year old in '08 (in the 4th round, Jason Kipnis and Dee Gordon also taken in that round; '08 was also the Posey draft, so a nice haul) he came up in '11 and took the starting shortstop job in 2012.  He's been good every year, particularly so in 2015 and then 2016, although as of this writing has fallen off the table entirely in 2017 in a nearly inexplicable collapse.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

Edit - Walk off 2017 home vs. Padres, game 99 of an historically bad Giants season, we come in 29.5 behind the first place Dodgers, further beind than any Giants team has ever been to any Dodgers team in the entire history of both organizations. 4-4 with 2 out in the bottom of the 12th, Nick Hundley singles home Kelby Tomlinson with the winning run off of Kevin Quackenbush. It's the tenth year of Hundley's career, he signed as a free agent in the offseason after a couple of years in Colorado.  He produces well enough to be your backup catcher, as of this date he's got an 87 OPS+ in 2017. Hundley was taken 28th in the 2nd round by the Padres in 2008 (they took Chase Headley 10 spots prior, he and Yunel Escobar have been the two best players from that round; we lost our pick to the Cardinals in the Mike Matheny signing, they took a Texas high school pitcher who never made it).

See you today.  Go Giants!

July 21 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, July 21, 2017


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Here are the top 5 July 21 moments in San Francisco Giants history



Walk off 1965 home vs. Cincinnati, we're 5.5 out of first, 4-4 in the 11th, Bob Schroder pinch singles home Jim Ray Hart off of Roger Craig, Schroder was a Pureblood, the Giants were his only big league club - he was a defensive replacement for 4 totally unproductive seasons, his career OPS+ was 57.  This is his first season, he plays in 31 games but only gets 10 plate appearances.  This is his 14th big league game and his 2nd big league hit.



1971 at Pittsburgh, it's game 98 and we're up 7 in the west, that's a nice lead, we came into the 9th down 4-2, but tied it up, and now the bases are loaded, it's two out - and Willie McCovey hits a grand slam off of Dave Giusti.  McCovey hit 18 grand slams (16 with the Giants) this is the 13th.  It's the only one he ever hit in the 9th inning.

Walk off 1976 Chicago, we're 19 out, the season is over, and we're playing in front of 4000 paid on a Wednesday afternoon at the Stick.  The Count throws a complete game 3 hitter, but we still trail 1-0 when Bobby Murcer bunts his way into a double past a charging Bill Madlock.  That drives home Marty Perez with the tying run - and we'd go onto win it 2-1.  We signed Montefusco at 22 in '72, he got a cup of coffee in '74 and then won the Rookie of the Year and finished 4th in the NL Cy Young in '75 (he was good, nearly 6 WAR and a 133 ERA+ and then was a little bit better in '76, they were his career years).  The Count stayed in the rotation through the '80 season and then was dealt to Atlanta for Doyle Alexander.  He finishes his career as a Yankee in '86.



1980 at Chicago, we're 6.5 out, still in this thing, we go 15 in Wrigley (actually, we go 13 and finish the next day) and it's scoreless through 14 of them.  With an out in the 15th, Larry Herndon hits a 2 run homer off Bill Caudill, we win it 2-0 and live another day.  This is Herndon's last season as our primary center fielder, he moves to left in '81 and is off to Detroit for Dan Schatzeder before the '82 season.



2002 at Los Angeles, we're 2 games out of first and a game and a half behind LA, it's a Sunday night at Dodger Stadium, 4-4 in the 9th, Tom Goodwin hits a 2 run homer off Giovanni Carrara and we're gonna win it 6-4.  Goodwin spent a year as a backup OF with the Giants, he was coming off his second stint with the Dodgers when we signed him as a free agent before the season.  He never hit the ball, had a career OPS+ of 73 and he never reached 90 in any one of his 14 seasons.  He signs with the Cubs after the season which is where he finishes his career.  Goodwin had 24 career homers, this is #23, the only one he hit as a Giant.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

July 20 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Yesterday

What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 July 20 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1968 home vs. Houston, we're 13 out of first place, so the season almost certainly has gotten away from us, Ray Sadecki throws a 2 hitter, gives up only one walk and strikes out 11.  We only score a run (Mays scored from first on a single) so in the 9th, we're up 1-0 and the Astros have the tying run on first with Rusty Staub at the plate and two outs - Sadecki strikes him out to end the game.  Sadecki, of course, was the return for Cepeda early in the '66 season and we sell him short to the Mets after the '69 season.  This is a rough year for Sadecki, he loses 18 games - '69 is worse, he has an 84 ERA+.  '67 was his career year, a 121 ERA+ and 3 WAR.  Not so much Orlando Cepeda, no.



1983 at Chicago, we're a dozen games back, this one goes 10 innings, 3-3 in the 10th, Jack Clark hits a 2 out homer off of Lee Smith, and 4-3 is your final score. This is Clark's 147th career homer.  He'll only hit 16 more as a Giant.



Walk off 1996 home vs. Dodgers, we're 9.5 out, we're well under .500, but any day you walk off the Dodgers it's a good day, particularly here - 50,000 paid at the Stick on a Saturday afternoon, they get their $$ worth - we're down 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded with one out - Robby Thompson singles home the tying and winning runs off of Todd Worrell, we win it 7-6.

How many times have we walked off the Dodgers since the move west?

Twice in '58, a Taussig 9th inning single in May and then a game in September that I won't spoil here.
Once in '59, a Wagner 9th inning homer, the first walk off home run to beat LA.
Once in '61, a Cepeda homer in an August game that we'll get to in a month.
Once in '64, Dell Crandall with a 13th inning homer in June.
Once in '66, on an error in May
Once in '67, Mays hits a 10th inning homer in early July.
A September error in '69
Once in '70 - a Dick Dietz homer in late May
A September error in '72,
Three times in '73, an error in May, and then games in August and September we won't spoil
5 years pass, Darrell Evans gets them in August of '78.
McCovey gets them in back to back years, April of '79 and then June of '80.  Whitfield also got them in June of '80.
Jack Clark in April of '83
Dan Gladden gets them in August of '85.
One in '86, a September game we'll talk about then.
How about Eddie Milner in '87?
Once in '89, Brett Butler in late September.
A wild pitch in 1990
Kevin Mitchell gets hit by a pitch in '91
3 times in 1992.  Bass in April and in June, Matt in September.
Matt again in May '94.
Matt again in May '95
This game.  Robby, July '96.  So this is our 30th ever walk off against the Dodgers.

The Brian Johnson game in '97 (31)
Marvin Benard in early July of 2000 (32)
Barry gets one, in April of 2002 (33)
Back to Benard, April 2003. (34) and then Santiago gets them in June (35)
Cody Ransom in June of '04 (36)
Todd Linden in September '05 (37)
Vizquel in June of '06 (38)
Daniel Ortmeier in September '07 (39)
Like 1973 and 1992, we get them 3 times in 2008.  Rowand and Velez in August and then Dave Roberts in September.  (42)
Juan Uribe in August, '09 (43)
We get them back to back games in May of 2013, a Posey homer and then a Guillermo Quiroz homer. (45)
April, 2014 - Hector Sanchez (46 - the last 3 are all from catchers)
Like '73, '92 and 2008 - how about 3 more in 2015 (and we added one against the Angels for good measure).  Panik in April, Justin Maxwell the next day, and then Alejandro De Aza in late September (49)
Twice in 2016, a Crawford homer in April and Posey in June (51)
And, as of this writing, one more, April of 2017, Pence (52)



2004 at Arizona - even though we've won 6 of 8 we've actually dropped 2 games off the pace and are 2.5 out of the lead.  here, we're up 3-1 in the bottom of the 9th, but the Snakes have loaded the bases with just one out and Robby Alomar at the plate. Jason Christiansen gets him to ground into a 5-3 game ending double play.  This is Alomar's last season, he played in 38 games for Arizona.  He only has 24 games left in his career after this one.  Christiansen was in our pen for five seasons, his best effort coming in '01, where he was lights out in 17 innings after we got him from the Cards.  Other than that, he was subreplacement for us, we sent him to the Angels near the end of the '05 season.



2010  at Los Angeles, we've won 6 out of 7 and are 4 games off the lead, we're down 5-4 with the bases loaded in the 9th, Andres Torres doubles home 2 off of George Sherrill, we win this one 7-5. We had some brushbacks in this one, Clayton Kershaw and Joe Torre got ejected - and this is the one where Don Mattingly, as acting manager, inadvertently made two visits to the mound in the 9th, meaning he had to pull Jonathan Broxton and insert Sherill.   This is Torres' middle year of his first Giants stint, he gets dealt to the Mets after 2011 for Angel Pagan.  Torres comes back in 2013 as a 4th outfielder, it's his last season in the bigs.

Torres takes over as the center fielder this year, in '08-09 it was Aaron Rowand, it was Dave Roberts in '07, Steve Finley in '06, Jason Ellison in '05, Marquis Grissom in '03-04, Shinjo and Kenny Lofton split time in '02, Calvin Murray and Marvin Benard split time in '01, and Benard held the job by himself in 2000.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

July 19 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yesterday

What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 July 19 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1964 home vs. Houston, Sunday doubleheader, we come in having lost 5 straight and are a game out of the lead in the NL.  This is Game 1 - both starting pitchers (Marichal and Farrell) throw complete games, it's 2-2 in the 8th when Jim Ray Hart hits a 2 run homer.  We win it 4-2 and then go on to take the back half as well.



Walk off 2001 home vs. Rockies, 5.5 out of first, 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Ramon Martinez had just singled to tie the game - Jeff Kent works a bases loaded 2 out walk off of Juan Acevedo to win it.  Four of the top ten second base seasons in franchise history are Kent's, this is the 7th best



Walk off 2005 home vs.Atlanta, 9.5 out, 4-4 with two out in the 9th, Jason Ellison singles home the winning run off of Jay Powell. Ellison was a career 5th OF who got fewer than 600 at bats in his career, but this year he was our primary CF, getting more plate appearances than the rest of his 6 year career combined. He was bad, had a 77 OPS+, which was his career best, and was nothing special with the glove. We sent him to Seattle before the 2007 season for a non prospect.



Walk off 2006 home vs. Milwaukee, it's game 95, we're 2.5 games out, down 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th, Ray Durham wins the game with a base hit that scores 2 off of Derrick Turnbow.  2 years later, almost to the day, it's to the Brewers where we send Durham to finish his career.



2011 home vs. Dodgers, it's game 98 and we've got a 4.5 game lead in the west - we're in good shape here in in mid July, bottom 7, bases loaded, Brandon Belt doubles the first pitch he sees from Hung Chih Kuo down the left field line, scoring 2, putting us up 5-3 and that holds up as the final score. Belt homered earlier in the game, It's Belt's rookie year, he broke camp with the club but got sent down after 19 games (the Giants have never entirely appreciated Belt's value) this was his first game back after a month and a half in AAA. Through 2016, here are the first baseman with more San Francisco WAR than Brandon Belt.

Willie McCovey
Will Clark

That's it.  That's the list.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

July 18 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What is this all about?

Yesterday


Here are the top 5 July 18 Moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1959 at Pittsburgh, it's game 90 on the season and we're 2 up, our biggest lead of the season, Harvey Haddix throws a complete game 6 hitter for the Bucs, we're down 3-2 with 2 out in the 8th - and Willie Mays hits a 2 run homer - those are the last runs scored, we win it 4-3.  That gives us a 3 game lead - which was, to that date, the largest lead in San Francisco history.  Homer #232 for Mays.



1967 at Pittsburgh, back half of a doubleheader (lost first game) we're 5 games off the lead, so still in it as of game 91 of the season, we're down 2-1 in the 7th when Willie McCovey hits a 2 run homer off his longtime teammate Billy O'Dell to give us what turned out to to be the final margin of a 3-2 victory.  It's homer #215 for McCovey.  O'Dell was better both before coming to and after leaving San Francisco, he did five years as a Giant, '60-4, most of which in the rotation, finishing with a Giants ERA+ of 101. We got him for Jackie Brandt, dealt him for Ed Bailey.



1980 at St Louis, it's game 90, we just got swept in Pittsburgh but we're not quite dead yet, 7.5 games out of the lead (we were ten out less than two weeks before) but in the 9th inning, we trailed 7-4 and that's an almost certain loss - but Milt May (three hits on the day) hit a grand slam homer off Kim Seaman to put us up 8-7, and that's the final score.  May hit 3 grand slams in his career, this is the only one in his 4 Giants seasons.



Walk off 1985 home vs. Cubs, now, this is a dead season, we're coming out of the break, 22 games under .500 and 16.5 out of first, Mike Krukow throws a complete game shutout against his longtime team, but it's still scoreless in the bottom of the 9th when Jeff Leonard doubles home Chili Davis off of Lee Smith to win the game.  There aren't too many people more closely associated with the Giants than longtime broadcaster Krukow, he started with the Cubs, drafted in '73, up in '76, in their rotation from '77-'81 (he was okay, career ERA+ just under 100) They dealt him to the Phillies for Keith Moreland and Dickie Noles before the '82 season (has his career best ERA+ 118) and before the '83 season he came to San Francisco with Mark Davis for Al Holland and Joe Morgan. He was okay, a Giants career ERA+ of 92, his best year coming in '86 when he wins 20 games and finishes third in the Cy Young race.  He's in the Giants rotation really until breaking down in '89, the last season of his career.  



Walk off 2000 home vs. Texas, we're a game and a half out of first place on a Tuesday night in our first season at Pac Bell, we trail 3-2 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Armando Rios hits a 3 run homer off of John Wetteland, to thrill the crowd and move us to a half game off the lead.  A year later Rios is gone with Vogelsong in the deadline deal with the Pirates that gets us Jason Schmidt.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!


July 17 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Here are the top 5 July 17 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1969 home vs. Dodgers, we're two games out of first place in our 93rd game of the year and starting a 4 game series against LA. We trail 13-11 in the 7th, 2 out, Bob Burda hits a 3 run homer off Jim Brewer and we win it 14-13.  Burda spent four seasons pinch hitting for the Giants, he hit 13 career homers in a seven year career, 6 of them as a Giant.  This is his 3rd.



2000 home vs. Texas, it's game 90, we're 1.5 out of first, down 5-4 in the 7th, JT Snow hits a 3 run homer off Doug Davis.  We win this one 10-8. It was his second homer of the day. Snow's in year 3 of his 9 season run as Giants first baseman.  Will left after the '93 season, Snow arrived in '97.  Between that:

'94-Benzinger
'95-Carreon/Phillips
'96-Carreon/McCarty

These were homers 144-145 in Snow's career.



2002 at St Louis, it's game 94, we open up a series in St Louis 2 games out of first place, We're up 5-4 in the 9th, but they've loaded the bases against Robb Nen with Tino Martinez at the plate.  Nen gets him 6-4-3 to end the game.  We fleeced Nen from the Marlins after the '97 season for Joe Fontenot, he kills it immediately, has a 266 ERA+ and 40 saves in '98.  It's worth 5 and a half WAR, the second best season for a relief pitcher in franchise history.  Nen remained the closer throughout his 5 year Giants career, which ends after this season, also a good year (all he had were good years) he had 43 saves and a 177 ERA+ in '02, which, through 2016, is the 12th best season a Giants reliever ever had.  Robb Nen killed it is my point.  Through 2016 Nen's the 26th best San Francisco Giant ever.



2005 at LA, we're 10 games out of first, finishing up a series at Dodger Stadium, 1-1 in the 9th, 2 out, Michael Tucker hits a 3 run homer off Yhency Brazoban, and that does it, we win 4-1.  (Entirely by happenstance, I'm writing this on Tucker's 46th birthday).  Tucker's two year Giants stint is just about over, we send him to Philly in a month and a half.  This is his last Giants homer.



2015 at Arizona, it's our first game after the break, we're 4.5 off the lead, this one goes a dozen innings, we use 10 pitchers.  The last one is Ryan Vogelsong, He's on the mound in the 12th, we're up 6-5, they have a man on - Yasmany Tomas at the plate, he grounds into a 4-3 double play and we're gonna win this game.  It's his first relief win in almost a decade.  Vogelsong was 20 when the Giants drafted him in '98, he pitched in 34 innings for us before getting moved to Pittsburgh in '01 as part of the Jason Schmidt trade.  After being out of the league for 5 years, he came back to San Francisco in 2011 and had the best year of his career, with a 129 ERA+.  By 2013 his productive career was over, he had an ERA+ of 60. He went back to Pittsburgh after the 2015 season and finished up his big league career as a Pirate.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

July 16 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants history

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Here are the top 5 July 16 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1959 at Philadelphia, a game up in the west despite our losing the front end of this doubleheader, both Johnny Antonelli and Gene Conley throw complete games, it's scoreless in the 9th, 2 on, 1 out, Dusty Rhodes pinch singles home Leon Wagner to put us up 1-0 in the only run that would be scored.  Rhodes was a folk hero for the New York Giants, up in '52, was a pinch hitter through the end of the New York run in '57, most notably as a star in the '54 Series.  He was in AAA the entire '58 season, so wasn't part of the inaugural Giants, but played 54 games for San Francisco this season, which turned out to be his last in the big leagues.  In those 54 games - he had 54 plate appearances.  Rhodes had 9 hits as a San Francisco Giant.



1963 at Pittsburgh, 4 years later it's another doubleheader in Pennsylvania, we're 7 out of first (we lose the second half) Don Cardwell throws a complete game for the Pirates, it's 2-2 with two out in the 9th and it's Willie McCovey - he homers for what turns out to be the winning run.  McCovey played just 59 games in '59 and was still the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year. A 188 OPS+ will do that.  He led the league in homers in '63 with 44, it's his first All Star Game performance.  This is McCovey's 91st career homer, he hits #92 in the second game.



1969 home vs. Padres, it's game 92 on the season, down 2 in the west, only 3200 paid on a Wednesday afternoon.  Gaylord looking for the complete game win, we're up 4-3 in the 9th, the Padres have the runners on the corners with one out, Perry gets John Sipin to go 1-6-3 to end the game.  Gaylord signed with the Giants at 19 in the summer of '58, four years later he was up with the big club. He's in the rotation in '64 where he stays through '71. This is his second best Giants season, he's got a 142 OPS+ and is worth a half dozen WAR.  



Walk off 1976 home vs. Phillies, we're 18.5 out, the season is over, this is a 92 minute game on a Friday night at the Stick, complete game win for Ed Halicki, complete game loss for Jim Kaat - it's the bottom of the 9th, 2 out in a scoreless game, Bobby Murcer sends everyone home with a walk off homer.  It's Murcer's 163rd career homer, he'd have 4 walk offs but this was the only one as a Giant.  This is the 49th San Francisco Giants walk off homer.



Walk off 1995 home vs. Astros, we're 6 out, having dropped four games to the lead over the past 2 weeks, it takes us 5 hours and 14 innings to get a game back, it's 6-6 in the bottom of the 14th, JR Phillips leads off with a homer off of Doug Brocail to send everyone home. JR Phillips was bad, subreplacement for his career, OPS+ of 60 as a first baseman.  He broke in with us in '93 after washing out in the Angels system. This is the only year he got more than 150 plate appearances, splitting time at first with Mark Carreon. He went 1-6 in this one, was hitting .157 at game's end. This is his 7th career homer and the only walk off he'd ever hit.  We deal him to the Phillies for nothing early the next season and he's out of the league before the turn of the century.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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