Pages

September 23 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Yesterday


What is this all about?

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

Who is still with us on 9-23?

1959-we come in 2 out with 4 left and the Cubs walk us off for the second straight day, the Braves also lose, they're tied for first with the Dodgers, we're in third 2 out with 3 left.

1961-we come in 8 back with 8 left and the Reds end our season.  Eliminated.



1962-at Houston, we're down 4 with 7 left, a season of chasing the Dodgers has left us totally gassed and after getting walked off the night before we are staring at the end of the road.  But - we put it on Houston in this one, Billy O'Dell throws a complete game, we got 7 runs in the 6th inning and win it 10-3.  The first run was scored in the first on Ed Bailey's double off Bob Bruce. As important, the Dodgers lose to the Cards, so we get one back and trail 3 with 6 to play.



1964 at Houston, we're 6 down with 10 left, Juan Marichal throws a complete game, because of course he does, and we beat former Giant Don Larsen, who we sold to Houston earlier in the season. Harvey Kuenn broke a scoreless tie with a run scoring 6th inning triple off Larsen. We win 4-1 and the first place Phillies lose - so now we're 5 out with 9 to play.

1965-off day, our lead is 2 with 9 left

1969-the Padres walk us off, the Braves win - so we lose the lead again and are a half game out with only 7 left to play.  This is a Padre team that came in with 106 losses, but Clay Kirby and two relievers 5 hit us.  Former Giant Ollie Brown beat us with a run scoring single off Frank Linzy in the bottom of the 9th.



1971 at Houston, we're up 2.5 with 7 left, Gaylord comes through - complete game 3 hitter, we win 2-1, a 4th inning McCovey homer off Don Wilson broke a scoreless tie. The Dodgers had an off day, we're up 3 with 6 games left.

1978-we're 8 back with 8 left, and we win, 3-2 against the Astros, because that's who we play on September 23 clearly, but the Dodgers also win and we're eliminated.



1981- home vs. Dodgers, a Milt May 6th inning single off Tom Niedenfuer breaks a 4-4 tie, we win 8-4.  The Reds win too, we stay 11 out with 11 left, 1981 lives one more day.



1982 at Cincinnati, 1982 keeps coming, we were 9 out at the beginning of September and now it's 4.5, Reggie Smith does them in, we were up 4-3 in the 5th when Smith hit a 2 run homer off Greg Harris. We win 11-7, the Dodgers have an off day, so we're now 4 out with 10 still to go.

1986-the Reds beat us, we fall to 10 out with 11 to go.



1987 home vs. Dodgers, we've lost 3 straight, our NL West lead is 6.5 with 11 left, Reuschel doesn't get out of the 2nd, but a 2 run Kevin Mitchell single off Orel Hershiser ties it in the 7th, and then at 6-6, with 2 out in the 7th, Will Clark doubles Mitch home off of Brad Havens.  We win 9-8.  We're 7.5 up with 10 games to go.

1989 home vs. Astros, we're 5 up, 8 to go, Rick Reuschel throws a complete game, striking out 7, the big shot is from Matt Williams, who hits a 2 run homer off Mike Scott to break a 1-1 tie in the 6th. That's it for the scoring, we win 3-1. San Diego wins - the lead stays 5, 7 games to play.



1990 at LA, we're 9 out with 10 left, but 1990 lives one more day, John Burkett throws a complete game and strikes out 9, Matt Williams singled home the first run of the game in the first.  We win 6-2, the first place Reds also win - we're 9 back with 9 left.

1993 at Houston, our season long lead is gone and we're 2.5 out with 11 left, John Burkett comes through, goes 8, gives up just 3 baserunners, we win 7-0, the first run a Bonds 4th inning double off former teammate Doug Drabek. The Braves win too - the deficit stays at 2.5 with 10 to play.



1995 home vs. Rockies, we're 9 out with 9 left, but 1995 keeps going, Jamie Brewington leads 4 Giants pitchers in throwing a 2 hitter, the game was scoreless in the 6th when Mark Carreon singled home the game's first run off of former Giant Bryan Hickerson.  We win 2-0 and are now 8 back with 8 to play.

1997-we lose to the Rockies and our lead drops to 1.5 over the Dodgers with 4 games left to play.



1998 home vs. Pirates, this is a WC race, we come in 2.5 out with 5 left, Mark Gardner is enormous, 8 innings, 11 strikeouts, we win 4-1 - in the 6th we trailed 1-0 but Joe Carter hits a 3 run homer off Chris Peters.  The Mets and Cubs both lose - so with 4 games to go we are 1.5 out of the WC spot.  The Cubs took Carter second overall in '81 (Mike Moore went first, we took Mark Grant 10th). Carter was part of 3 big trades - the Cubs sent him to Cleveland in the Sutcliffe deal in '84; five years later the Indians sent him to San Diego for Sandy Alomar and Carlos Baerga, and at the end of the '90 season he and Robby Alomar went from the Padres to Toronto for Tony Fernandez and Fred McGriff. We get the last 41 games of Carter's career, he came over in a deadline deal with Baltimore.  And he hit the heck out of the ball, a 132 OPS+ for the Giants.  This was Carter's 394th career homer, he hits 2 more.

1999 the Dodgers knock us out here, they beat us 5-3 and we're eliminated.

2000 - NL West Champions (clinched on 9-21)



2001 - at San Diego, we're 2 out, 13 left and just lay it on the Padres, 11-2, Barry hits 2, homers 65 and 66 on the season, both off Jason Middlebrook. We scored 3 in the first and just kept hitting.  Arizona also wins, we stay 2 back with 12 left (3 back in the WC).

2002 - off day, we're 2 up in the WC with 5 left

2003 - NL West Champions (clinched 9-17)

2004 - we lose to Houston and drop 1.5 out in the West as the Dodgers win, and the Cubs win which drops us half a game back in the WC.  So, not a great one to lose - we were up 3-2 going to the 9th and they scored 5.  Dustin Hermanson gave up 4 earned and only got one out.  9 left and looking up at both the division and WC.



2005 at Colorado we come in 5 back with 10 left and take the opener in Denver, down 6-4 in the 8th Ray Durham tied it with a single off Mike DeJean and JT Snow gave us the lead with a single that scored Durham.  We win 7-6, the Padres also win, we're 5 out with 9 to play.

2006 - we lose to Milwaukee and are 7 out with 7 left.



2009 at Arizona, we're 5 out in the WC with 11 left, so the climb is steep, we only get 4 hits but make them count, up 1-0 in the 6th Juan Uribe hits a 2 run homer off Kevin Mulvey, we win 5-4. Colorado loses and we move to 4 back in the WC with 10 left.  Not done yet.

2010 at Chicago - okay, 10 games to go and we're half a game back in the West and the WC, we lay the Cubs out, 13-0, we get 19 hits, score 9 in the second inning.  Freddy Sanchez gets 4 hits, Juan Uribe hits 2 homers including a 2 run shot in the second that gave us a 3-0 lead.  The Padres lost, we move into first place in the West by a half game with 9 to play.

2011 - we come in 4 out of the WC with 6 left and then drop another game, we lose to Arizona and the Braves win.  5 out, 5 left.

2012 NL West Champions (clinched 9-22)

2014 - we lose to the Dodgers, we still have a 5 game lead on the last WC spot with just five to play

2015 - the Padres walk us off, we're now 7 games behind LA with 11 to play

2016 the Padres beat us but we stay half a game up on the last WC spot with 8 games left

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!




September 22 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, September 22, 2017


Yesterday

What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 September 22 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

Let's see where every team stood heading into 9-22. Maybe change the format for this one.

1958-11.5 out, 5 games left, eliminated
1959-1 back, 5 left, still in play
1960-16 back, 7 left, eliminated
1961-9 back, 9 left, still in play
1962-3 back, 8 left, still in play
1963-11 back, 7 left, eliminated
1964-7 back, 11 left, still in play
1965-3 up, 10 left, still in play
1966-4 back, 8 left, still in play
1967-11.5 back, 11 left, eliminated
1968-10 back, 6 left, eliminated
1969- half a game up, 9 left, still in play
1970-14 back, 9 left, eliminated
1971-1.5 up, 8 left, still in play
1972-26.5 back, 10 left, eliminated
1973-10 back, 8 left, eliminated
1974-26 back, 8 left, eliminated
1975-26 back, 5 left, eliminated
1976-27.5 back, 9 left, eliminated
1977-22.5 back, 9 left, eliminated
1978-9 back, 9 left, still in play 
1979-19.5 back, 9 left, eliminated
1980-15 back, 12 left, eliminated
1981-11.5 back, 13 left, still in play
1982-5.5 back, 12 left, still in play
1983-14 back, 10 left, eliminated
1984-22 back, 9 left, eliminated
1985-28 back, 14 left, eliminated
1986-10 back, 13 left, still in play
1987-up 7.5, 12 left, still in play
1988-10.5 back, 10 left, eliminated
1989-5 up, 9 left, still in play
1990-7.5 back, 11 left, still in play
1991-16.5 back, 13 left, eliminated
1992-23.5 out, 12 left, eliminated
1993-3.5 out, 12 left, still in play
1994- season ended on August 10, we were 3 back
1995-8 back, 10 left, still in play
1996-24 back, 7 left, eliminated
1997-2 up, 6 left, still in play
1998-3.5 out of the WC, 6 left, still in play
1999-9 out, 11 left, still in play
2000- Clinched NL West on 9-21
2001-2 out, 14 left, still in play
2002-2 up in WC, 6 left, still in play
2003-Clinched NL West on 9-17
2004-half a game up in WC, 11 left, still in play
2005, 5 out, 11 left, still in play
2006-5 out, 9 left, still in play - a decade of meaningful late September baseball. 
2007-20 out, 7 left, the run ends - eliminated
2008-11 out, 6 left, eliminated
2009-4 out in WC, 12 left, still in play
2010-half a game up, 11 left, still in play
2011-4 out in WC, 7 left, still in play
2012-10 up, 11 left, still in play
2013-18 out, 7 left, eliminated
2014-4.5 up in WC, 7 left, still in play
2015-6.5 out, 13 left, still in play
2016- tied for WC, 10 left, still in play
2017-36.5 out, 9 left, eliminated - no team in SFG history has ever been so badly buried


Okay - so on September 22 we played the following meaningful games:

1959-lost a walk off to the Cubs, the first place Braves won, that dropped us 2 back with 4 left.

1961-at Cincinnati, Billy O'Dell threw a complete game shutout, we won 6-0, a Jose Pagan two run second inning single got it going.  We're now 8 back, 8 still to play.

1962-at Houston, we lost a walk off - the Dodgers won, so we are now 4 games back with only 7 left to play. This was a tough one, we were up 5-4 in the bottom of the 9th but Jack Sanford gave up a 2 run single to Roman Mejias.  4 back with 7 left is a steep climb.

1964- at Houston, we win 7-1, a second inning Orlando Cepeda homer off Larry Dierker got it going.  We move 6 back with 10 left.

1965-we lose to the Reds, the Dodgers win and our lead is cut to 2 with 9 still to play.

1969-at San Diego, thick of the race, half up on the Braves, 9 left, we've won 4 straight and walked off the Dodgers the game prior, 2-2 in the 7th - which of these teams has Willie Mays?  Mays hits a 2 run homer off Mike Corkins, we win it 4-2 and maintain a half game lead with 8 to play.

1971 at Houston, 8 games to go, 19 days ago we had an 8.5 game lead but now it's down to 1.5, Juan Marichal throws a complete game, because he's Juan Marichal, 6 hits, 6 strikeouts, no walks, at 1-1 in the 5th Bobby Bonds homered, we win it 3-1.  That bumps the lead back to 2.5 with 7 to play.

1978 home vs. Astros, it's 9 back with 9 left, the end is coming any day now, but not today, Bob Knepper throws a complete game 5 hit shutout, striking out 8 and walking none.  Houston threatened in the 7th, we're up 2-0, 2 on, 2 out, Knepper strikes out Bruce Bochy.  We're 8 back with 8 left.

1981 home vs. Dodgers, 11.5 back with 13 left, scoreless in the first, Larry Herndon hits a 2 run inside the park homer off Fernando Valenzuela, we win it 5-2.  We move to 11 out with a dozen to play and hold off elimination just a big longer.

1982 at Cincinnati, 5.5 back with 12 left, Renie Martin goes 7, gives up just 2 hits, the only run we needed was a Johnnie LeMaster RBI single in the second off of Mario Soto, we win the game 2-0. Three weeks ago we were 9 back - but now that number is 4.5 with 11 still to play.

1986 at Cincinnati, we're nearly done, 10 back with 13 left, Vida starts this one - he came back from the Royals in '85 to finish his career in San Francisco, he has 2 starts left in his career after this. We came into the 6th down 3-2, but Bob Brenly tied it with a homer and, now up 4-3, Dan Gladden hit a grand slam off of Scott Terry, we win 10-7, we move 9 out with a dozen left.

1987 - we lose 4-3 to the Dodgers, the Reds win, cutting our lead to 6.5 with 11 to play. Fernando beat Dravecky.

1989 - we lose 3-1 to the Astros, the Padres also lose, so the lead remains 5 with 8 games left. Future Giant Portugal beats us in this one.

1990 - we lose to the Dodgers, 6-3, the Reds sweep a doubleheader, so we drop to 9 out with 10 to go, former Giant Dennis Cook beats us.

1993 at Houston, 12 days ago we were tied, we're now 3.5 out, Bill Swift goes 8, gives up 4 hits, strikes out 10, and we beat the Astros 1-0.  The run was scored in the 7th, Kirt Manwaring doubled home Willie McGee off of Pete Harnisch. Meanwhile - the Braves lose, so we gain a game back, 2.5 games down with 11 to play.

1995 - the first place Rockies beat us 6-1, we fall 9 out with 9 left, we get 2 hits.

1997 at San Diego - we're 2 up with 6 left, it's 5-5 in the 8th, Stan Javier drives in the go ahead run with a single off Heath Murray. That opens things up and we win 11-5. We gain a half game and are now 2.5 games up with 5 to play.

1998 home vs. Pirates, we're 3.5 out of the WC with 6 left, we just blast the Pirates 14-2, Barry Bonds finishes a double short of a cycle and we get 10 extra base hits.  We gain a game in the WC and are now 2.5 out with 5 to play.

1999 at Los Angeles, we're 9 back with 11 left, so the end is near, but not today - down 3-2 in the 7th Rich Aurilia flipped the game with a 2 run single, we win this one 5-4.  We remain 9 games out with 10 to go.

2001- the Padres walked us off, but Arizona also lost, so we stay 2 back now with 13 to play, Mike Darr homered off Brian Boehringer in the 10th to beat us.

2002-at Milwaukee, we're 2 up in the WC and looking for a sweep of the Brewers, Kirk Rueter is strong, 7 innings/3 hits, it's 1-1 with 1 out in the 9th, Jeff Kent leads off with a homer off Luis Vizcaino, we win it 3-1. Our WC lead stays at 2 with 5 to play. We head home for the final five games of the season.

2004-home vs. Astros, we're half a game up in the WC, 1.5 out in the West, Noah Lowry throws a complete game, gives up just five hits and a walk, at 1-1 in the 5th, Pedro Feliz singles home the go ahead run off Roy Oswalt, we win 5-1, with 10 to go we move half a game out in the West and stay half a game up in the WC.

2005-the Nats beat us 2-0, the Padres also lose so we remain 5 back, now with 10 to play. We got 4 hit.

2006-the Brewers beat us 13-12, the Padres won, we drop to 6 out with 8 left, former Giant David Bell beats us by driving home what turns out to be the game winning run in the 8th.

2009-Arizona beats us 10-8, the Rockies win - we fall 5 out in the WC with 11 to play, we were up 3-0, they scored 6 in the third, we closed with 4 in the final two innings but its not enough.

2010-the Cubs beat us 2-0, the Padres win, we fall half a game out in both the West and the WC with ten games to go. We got 5 hits.

2011-the Dodgers beat us 8-2, Bumgarner is knocked out after 4 innings, the Braves also lose so we stay 4 out in the WC, but with just 6 to go.



2012-home vs. Padres, we came into this one having won 9 of 10, we scored in the first and kept scoring, putting it away in the 4th, with a 3-1 lead Marco Scutaro hit a 2 run single off Andrew Werner, we'd go on to win 8-4 and clinch the NL West for the 8th time.

2014 at Los Angeles, Jake Peavy and 4 relievers 4 hit the Dodgers in 13 innings, at 2-2 in the 13th Andrew Susac hits a 2 out single off former Giant Kevin Correia to drive home the go ahead run, we win this game 5-2 and with just 6 games left we have a 5.5 game WC lead.

2015 at San Diego, we win, moving 6 out with a dozen left, a 2 run Angel Pagan homer in the 7th turned a 2-1 lead into a 4-1 lead and we held on for the 4-2 victory.

2016- at San Diego, we're scoreless in the 8th, Angel Pagan singles home the first run of the game off of Brad Hand, we win it 2-1, we move half a game up in the WC with 9 to play.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

September 21 - Top 6 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, September 21, 2017


What is this all about?

Yesterday

Here are the top 6 September 21 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1966 home vs. Pirates, we're in third, 5 behind the Dodgers - the Pirates are in second and they've just beaten us 3 straight at the Stick. It's Wednesday afternoon and now or never.  Marichal throws a complete game, because he's Marichal, but that's not why this game is here - in the bottom of the 9th inning (after a Tom Haller 2 run homer tied it) Juan Marichal hit a walk off home run off of Roy Face. This was Marichal's best year with the bat (56 OPS+) he hit 4 career home runs.  This was the second, he wont hit another for five years.  LA loses.  We move to 4 games out and head to Houston tomorrow.



Walk off 1969 home vs. Dodgers, 10 games left and our lead is half a game on the Braves, this is a Sunday afternoon at the Stick and we are trying to sweep the third place Dodgers, who are 2.5 out.  41,000 paid - it's a real live late September situation - Gaylord goes for the good guys, Jim Bunning for the Dodgers.  They're both gone in the bottom of the 10th, 3-3, bases loaded, two out, Pete Mikkelson on the mound facing Jim Davenport - he gets out of it, Davenport grounds to Maury Wills - but it goes through his legs and McCovey scores the winning run.  Atlanta wins too. We stay half up with 9 to play, the Padres come in tomorrow night.  Wills committed 284 errors in his career, this is my favorite. What Dodger made his big league debut in this one?  Bill Buckner.



1989 home vs. Dodgers, 10 to play and we're 5 up on the Padres, it's Thursday night at the Stick and we're looking to sweep LA. 2-2 with an out in the 7th, Brett Butler doubles home two runs off of Ray Searage, we're gonna win this one 4-3.  The Padres also win - tomorrow we lose the opener to the Astros, the Padres also lose.  So - with 8 games to play our lead remains 5.  Butler had 277 career doubles, 69 of them as a Giant.



1997 at San Diego, the Brian Johnson game was 3 days ago, we're up 1 on LA with 7 left to play, it's Sunday afternoon, 5-5 with an out in the 9th, Stan Javier triples home two runs off of Trevor Hoffman, we win this one 8-5 - the Dodgers lose, so with 6 games remaining our lead in the West is two.  We've got one more in San Diego tomorrow night.  Javier hit 40 triples in his career, a quarter of them as a Giant.



2000 home vs. Diamondbacks, 6-6 in the 8th, Russ Davis hits a sac fly off of Mike Morgan to give us a lead, we win 8-7 and clinch the NL West - it's the earliest we'd ever clinched a playoff spot at that point.



2002 at Milwaukee, we're 6.5 out in the West, 2 up in the WC - there are just 7 games to go. Three Giants pitchers (great start from Schmidt) combine to give up 3 hits, it's 1-1 in the 7th, Kenny Lofton leads off with a homer off Ben Diggins.  We win 3-1, move to 5.5 out in the West and still 2 up in the WC with 6 games left in the season. Kenny Lofton played in 46 regular season games as a Giant.  The Astros drafted him in the 17th round of '88 from Arizona (10 spots later we took a pitcher from UC Riverside named Mitchell Ferrick who didn't make it) he came up in '91, finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year with the Indians in '92 (to Pat Listach), was with the Indians until this season when he signed with the White Sox - and they shipped him to us at the deadline.  35 year old Kenny Lofton was just fine, a 104 OPS+ in 205 San Francisco plate appearances.  Lofton hit 3 Giants homers, this was the last.  He signed with Pittsburgh for the '03 season and finished up back in Cleveland in 2007.



2010 at Chicago, well, here we are, half a game up in the West, a dozen left to go, starting a 3 game series at Wrigley on a Tuesday afternoon.  Four Giants pitchers (great start from Cain) give up a combined 2 hits and 1 walk, it's scoreless with one out in the 8th when Buster Posey homers off Andrew Cashner.  We only got 5 hits and only needed that one, this was a 1-0 final.  The Padres kept pace, so with 11 left we were still up half a game.  We get shut out the next day, San Diego wins, so with 10 left we were half a game out of first place - and half a game out in the WC.  This is Posey's 15th career homer.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

September 20 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


What is this all about?

Yesterday

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



1965 at Cincinnati, 2 weeks ago we were in second place but then ripped off 14 straight and now have a 3.5 game lead with a dozen left.  We open up a series at Crosley, it's scoreless in the 5th, a Jim Maloney wild pitch scores Jim Ray Hart with the game's first run, we win it 4-0, the hero is Masanori Murakami, who gets a 4 inning save. Murakami, of course, is the first Japanese native to play in MLB, he pitched in 54 big league games, all with us, in '64 and '65. He was fine, had a 106 ERA+ 89 innings.  He was just 21 in '65 but it was his last year in the bigs due to a contractual issue with his Japanese club.  We move 4 up on the second place Dodgers with 11 to play.



1969 home vs. Dodgers, we were 3.5 out a month ago but now have a half game lead in the West with 11 to go - it's a Saturday afternoon at the Stick, Juan Marichal throws a complete game, we're up 5-4 but the Dodgers have 2 on and 2 out in the 8th - longtime Giant Tom Haller at the plate - Marichal gets him to pop to short to end the inning.  We win 5-4 and maintain a half game lead with 10 remaining. Marichal had 244 career complete games, in '69 he had 27 and 8 of those were shutouts.



1989 home vs. Dodgers, we've got a 5 game lead with 11 to go, how about a walk off win against the Dodgers, we're down 7-3 coming into the bottom of the 9th, Mitch leads off with a homer (7-4) Riles singles and Williams doubles him home (7-5). Kennedy then singles home Williams (7-6) and that chases Jay Howell.  Benjamin runs for Kennedy, Speier doubles him to third, Litton singles home the tying run off of Mike Hartley.  John Tudor was a Dodger in '89, he gives up the game winning single to Brett Butler - we score 5 in the bottom of the 9th to beat LA without a single out in the inning.We stay 5 up in the West with 10 games left.



1993 at Houston, ah, 1993 - we were up 7.5 a month prior, 3.5 two weeks ago, but then lost 8 straight at home to fall four behind the Braves (an 11.5 game swing in a month). We've won 3 straight and come into this one 3 out in the West with 14 to play. We've got a narrow 2-1 lead in the 6th, 2 out, bases loaded, Darren Lewis clears the bases with a double off Greg Swindell, we take this one 7-2 and gain a half game on the idle Braves.  Houston shuts us out the next night, the Braves win, so with a dozen left we're 3.5 games out of the lead. DLew couldn't hit and didn't hit in '93, he had a 71 OPS+ - Darren Lewis had a .302 OBP in 1993, so of course he led off in 101 games.



2005 at Washington, we're 5.5 out with 13 left having just taken 3 of 4 from LA, we're down 2-1 with 2 out in the 9th, Moises Alou hits a 3 run homer off former Giant Livan Hernandez, we take it 4-3 and live, albeit barely, to see another day.  We move to 5 back with a dozen left.  Moises played his aged 38 and 39 seasons with us - he hit the ball - a Giants OPS+ of 135 in 868 PA. This was his 18th Giants homer and 296th career shot.  He goes to the Mets in '07 and finishes there in '08.  Barry hit
#706 in this one.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

September 19 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


What is this all about?

Yesterday

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



1965 at Milwaukee, we're 3.5 up with 13 left, 2-2 in the 8th, Jim Davenport singles home the go ahead run off Tony Cloninger - we win this one 4-2.  We head to Cincinnati 3.5 games up with a dozen to play.  We lost to the Cubs on the 3rd, leaving us 2 back and in third place.  Then we went on the best September run in San Francisco history.  14 straight.

Took two in Chicago.
Two in LA
Went back home and got two against Houston and then swept 4 against the Cubs
Then went to Houston and swept 4.
We're in Milwaukee this weekend, we lose the opener to break the streak and then win the next two, we head to Cincinnati up 3.5 on LA with 12 remaining.



Walk off 1982 home vs. Padres, we're 5.5 out with 14 left, but '82 is dying hard, we've won 12 of the last 15 and walk off the Padres on a Sunday afternoon. Runners on the corners in the 11th, we're tied at 3, Tom O'Malley ends it with a single off of Luis DeLeon. We stay 5.5 back with 13 to go, we're heading to Cincinnati on Tuesday. It's O'Malley's rookie year and the best season he'll ever have with the bat.



1989 home vs. Dodgers, we're 5 up with a dozen left, we're down 2-0 with 2 out and the bases loaded in the 5th - Mike Laga clears the bases with a pinch double off of Orel Hershiser, Laga spent the last two years of a 9 season career with us as a pinch hitter, he played in 40 games, got a total of 50 Giants plate appearances, had an 88 OPS+ (Laga had two doubles as a Giant).  We stay 5 up with 11 games remaining.



1997 at San Diego, the Brian Johnson game was the day before, we come into this tied with the Dodgers with 9 to play. Scoreless in the 6th, Barry Bonds hits a 2 run homer off Joey Hamilton, we go on and win it 7-4 - the Dodgers lose - so with 8 to play we move into first place (and never fall out of it the rest of the way).  It's #370 for Bonds, he's got 4 more to hit before the season ends.



2010 home vs. Brewers, sold out Sunday afternoon, it's game 150, we're half a game out of first place, still chasing the Padres. The WC is a couple of games away, so it's the division in our sights with 13 to play. The big blow is in the first inning - Jose Guillen hits a grand slam off Chris Narveson, we cruise to a 9-2 win and move into first place with a dozen games left.  Guillen, who has 6 RBI on the day, played the final 42 games of a 14 season career with the Giants and hit 3 of his 214 career homers with us.  This is the last home run of his career.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

September 18 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, September 18, 2017


Yesterday

What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 September 18 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1961 home vs. Braves, we're 8.5 out with 19 to play, down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Orlando Cepeda hits a 2 run walk off homer off of Bob Hendley, we move to 8 games off the lead. Cepeda hit 46 in '61, this was 41 - he'll get Spahn tomorrow and Burdette the next day. This was his 4th career walk off - his third was a month prior. We never get closer than 7.5 back.



1965 at Milwaukee, less than two weeks ago we were in second, but we won 14 straight (hell, yeah, 1965) and are now 3.5 up with 14 to play. Ron Herbel goes 7 and a third, gives up just 3 baserunners, it was still scoreless in the 7th when Tom Haller led off with a home run off of Hank Fischer, we only got 5 hits - but win this one 2-0.  Herbel was a reasonably effective spot starter/swingman in his 7 year Giants career, a 98 ERA+ in 718 IP. After the '69 season we sent him to San Diego and he was out of the league by '72. We keep our 3.5 game lead on the Dodgers with 13 to go.



Walk off 1977 home vs. Reds, we're long since eliminated, but we get a little satisfaction here, 2-2 with 2 out in the 9th, 39 year old Willie McCovey singles home the winning run off of Pedro Borbon. McCovey didn't hit at all in '76, but in his Giants return surged to a 132 OPS+.



Walk off 1997 home vs. Los Angeles, look at this one, we're 1 game behind the first place Dodgers (one game up in the WC) with 10 games left in the season.  It's a 2 game series, we beat the Dodgers the day before, this is a Thursday afternoon at a sold out Candlestick for a four hour game, we were up 5-1 through 5, but they tie it up and then load the bases with nobody out in the 10th, Rod Beck slips it by striking out Todd Zeile and getting Eddie Murray to ground into an inning ending 4-2-3. Brian Johnson ended the game in the 12th, leading off with a first pitch homer to left center off Mark Guthrie to pull us even with LA with 9 games left in the season. We head to San Diego for the weekend. Johnson his 49 homers in his 8 year career, almost half of them in his 2 Giants seasons.  This is his 3rd of 4 career walk offs, the only one he hit as a Giant.



2002 at Los Angeles, we were 8.5 back a couple weeks ago, that number is 6.5 now, that's too many with 10 left, but really what we're fighting for is the WC spot, we are one game up on the Dodgers for the last spot in the playoffs.  That's really what this game is about - it's a 4 game series in LA, we split the first two, this is a 4 hour Wednesday night game. 3-3 in the third, Russ Ortiz leads off with a homer off Robert Ellis, we're going to win the game 7-4. Ortiz hit the ball pretty well in '02, he had an 88 OPS+.  Ortiz hit 7 career homers, 4 of them as a Giant and this the last of those four.  His other 2002 homer also came against the Dodgers, against former Giant Terry Mulholland.   We stay 6.5 out in the West, our lead over the Dodgers grows to 2.  We lose tomorrow however, and with 8 games remaining we go to Milwaukee on Friday one game up on LA for the last playoff spot.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

September 17 - Top 6 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, September 17, 2017


What is this all about?

Yesterday

Here are the top 6 September 17 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1971 home vs. Padres, 13 days ago we were 8.5 up, but we've dropped 11 out of 12 (get it together, '71) and come into this one 1 game in front of the Dodgers in the West.  This is the first game of a weekend series, a frustrating 9300 paid to see Marichal on a Friday night at the Stick in the heart of a pennant race.  We only got 5 hits, the big one coming in the 6th - we trailed 5-3 with one out when Dick Dietz (saved the season?) with a 3 run homer off Steve Arlin. We win it 7-5. Dietz, who, as I've mentioned previously, certainly appears to have been backballed for union activity, hit 62 homers as a Giant, this is #61. We move 2 up with 11 left to play.



1989 home vs. Padres, we're up 5 with 14 left, playing a Sunday doubleheader against the second place Padres. This is game 1, it's 3-3 in the 6th, Pat Sheridan singles home the go ahead run off of Greg Harris, we win it 5-3.  Sheridan played in 70 games as a Giant, we dealt Tracy Jones to Detroit for him in mid June. He didn't hit - had a 72 OPS+ in 175 PA. He left after the season and only played another 62 games in his big league career. We lose the second game and stay five games up with a dozen to play.  We go home to start a 3 game series with the Dodgers.



1993 at Cincinnati, the thing you need to understand is this team was gone, we were moving to Tampa after the '92 season, RIP, but then stepped in Bill White and Peter McGowan and Barry Bonds and the greatest Giants team of my lifetime emerged in 1993.  On August 22 we walked off the Marlins to move 42 games above .500 with a 7.5 game lead in the West.  11 days ago we beat the Pirates, that left us 41 above .500, so you see we tread some water in the interim, and at that point our lead was down to 3.5.  We haven't won since.  The Braves, meanwhile, have won 29 of 35. We lost the last game of the Pirate series, then got swept at home - at home - by both Cards and Cubs, and we come into this one 4 games behind the Braves.  4 back!  We drop 8 straight to fall 4 games off the lead, easily the most we've trailed all season long.  17 games left and we start a series in Cincinnati and we kill them, a skid stopping 13-0. Billy Swift throws a complete game, we jumped on them early with a Matt Williams two run first inning homer off of John Roper. Swift was terrific in his 3 San Francisco seasons after coming over in the Mitchell deal, a 138 ERA+ in 506 IP.  We got the best years of his career (he had really come on his last two Mariners seasons, largely in the bullpen) he left for Colorado before the '95 season and finished up back in Seattle in '98.  We stay 4 back with 16 left - we only lose 3 more games all season.



2003 home vs. Padres, Jason Schmidt struck out 11 in 7 innings, down 3-2 in the 4th Marquis Grissom hit a 2 run homer - we win this one 8-3 to clinch the NL West.



2011 at Colorado, it's game 152, we're 6 out in the West, having picked up 3 on the lead in the last week with a 7 game winning streak. The WC isn't any closer, so we need to win out and get help.  We keep it going here, 3-3 in the 8th, Brett Pill triples home 2 off of Huston Street, we win this game 6-5. Pill had two triples on the game, the only two triples of his big league career.  Pill got 259 PA in the majors, all with us, and was okay with a 93 OPS+ but as a first baseman just not enough to get a look beyond 2013.



2014 at Arizona, game 152, still down 3, but 4 games clear in the WC, so with 11 left, we're in good shape but it sure would be nice to get that division title.  Tied at 2 in the 9th, Matt Duffy drives in two with a pinch single off of Addison Reed, we're gonna win it 4-2.  That pulls us to 2 back in the West, which is as close as we'll get to winning the division. This was Duffy's 27th big league game, it would be next season when he finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year, the following season that he was dealt away to Tampa, and then an achilles tear wiped out his 2017 season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

September 16 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, September 16, 2017


What is this all about?

Yesterday

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



Walk off 1978 home vs. Reds, aw, the poor '78 club, 13 days before we took a doubleheader from the Phillies to pull a game out of first place and since then we've only one one game.  Like the opposite of the '65 September run.  So, now we're 9 back (9 back! we've dropped 8 games off the lead in less than two weeks!) but we get one here. 2-2 with 2 out in the 9th - Terry Whitfield singles home the winning run off of Doug Bair. It's too late, obviously, we're still 9 back with 13 games left and the super fun '78 ride was over.  Let's check out this losing streak.

9-4 we go to LA for two, we're 23 over .500, a game out of first place, it's a Labor Day game, sold out Dodger Stadium on a Monday afternoon.  Second place Giants-First place Dodgers, we had a 4-0 lead headed to the bottom of the fifth and they score 5, all earned off Halicki.  We had the tying run on third with 1 out in the 8th, but Terry Forster got both Ivie and Herndon

9-6, now we're 2 back, Jim Barr gives up 5 earned in 3 innings, then Minton gives up 3 of his own in relief and it's never a game

9-7, now it's 3 back and we go to Atlanta for 2.  They break a 5-5 tie in the 8th, we have the tying run on third with one out in the 9th, but Gene Garber gets Ivie and Hector Cruz

9-9, we won on the 8th to get back to 3 out, we go to Cincinnati for two, we're up 3-2 going to the bottom of the 7th, Knepper gives up 4 consecutive hits to open the inning, he winds up allowing 3 runs.

9-10 we're still just 3 out, things are fine despite these losses, it's really still okay - we're down 3-1 heading to the bottom of the 8th, John Curtis comes on in relief and gives up 4 earned and only gets one out.

9-11, so now it's 4 out, but we're going back home to host the first place Dodgers for two, giving us a chance to get right back into it - it's a Monday night and the fans turn out, I've been tough on Giants fans but we get 36,000 paid.  The Dodgers hit Vida, he gives up 4 in 4 innings, we cut it to 4-2, but then they get 3 more in the 9th to put it away.

9-12, so, now it's 5 and we're fully desperate, we're down 1-0 through 7 innings, they get 2 in the 8th and then Lavelle is left out there to soak it up in the 9th, they get 5 earned off of him.

Now it's 6, I won't do the next 3, but we lose those too and get to 9 and that's what happened.



1998 at Arizona, we've been eliminated in the west but are 4.5 out of the WC with 11 to go, Orel Hershiser goes 6, strikes out 6, gives up 3 earned, it's 4-4 in the 10th when Barry Bonds triples home the go ahead run off Gregg Olson.  We win it 6-5.  A 39 year old Hershiser spent one season in San Francisco, he was okay, a 91 ERA+ in 202 IP (thats a lot of innings for an old guy). He was a Met in '99 and finished his career back in LA in '00. Hershiser started 34 games for the Giants, this was the 32nd - he wins the final two.



2000 at San Diego - we're 7.5 up with 16 left, so we're in good shape headed to October.  Almost 5 hours for this one, 15 combined pitches, Jeff Kent breaks a 3-3 tie in the 13th with a run scoring single off of Carlos Almanzar.  We win it 4-3.  Calvin Murray led off for us here, went 3-3.  We drafted Murray 7th overall in '92 (who was picked 6th?  Derek Jeter).  It never happened for Calvin, it took him seven years to get called up and then he was never able to crack the lineup. He had a Giants career 78 OPS+ in 627 PA. We sold him to the Rangers early in the '02 season and his big league career ended as a Cub in 2004.



Walk off 2005 home vs. Dodgers, we're 6.5 out with 16 left, the WC is not in play as we're under .500 - it's not over, but we'd probably need to run the table.  4-4 in the bottom of the 9th, Todd Linden singles home the winning run off of Duaner Sanchez. Bonds hit his first homer of the season in this one, off Brad Penny. Linden was a fifth OF, his Giants career OPS+ was dreadful, 59 in 415 PA despite our picking him 41st overall in 2001 (we took Brad Hennessey 21st and Noah Lowry 30th, considering the Mets got David Wright at 38, we could have spent those resources more wisely).  We let Linden go early in the 2007 season and he finished his big league career with the Marlins that season. 6 years later he was back in our system - in these recaps I discuss when a big league career ends, but often a professional career extends years following.



2014 at Arizona - only a dozen games left, we're 4 out in the West, but 4.5 clear in the WC, so we're in good position to get one of those last spots despite dropping 3 straight. Jake Peavy comes up big here, 7 2/3, gives up just one earned, 5 hits, we've got a 2-1 lead with 2 out in the 8th when Sergio Romo gets AJ Pollock to fly to right to end the inning.  We win 2-1, move to 3 back in the West and maintain that 4.5 game WC cushion.  It's the worst ERA+ of Romo's Giants career in 2014 at 93, in 430 Giants innings his career mark was 146.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

September 15 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, September 15, 2017


What is this all about?

Yesterday

Here are the top 5 September 15 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1965 at Houston, we've won a dozen straight and have a 3.5 game lead with 17 left, 38 year old Robin Roberts goes for Houston, giving up just 4 hits in 7 innings - but he's gone at 2-2 in the 9th when Willie McCovey singles home the go ahead run off Dave Giusti.  We win 3-2.  13 straight for the Giants and a 3.5 game lead with 16 games to go.  One more in Houston and then a weekend series in Milwaukee.  Less than a month before was Marichal/Roseboro.



Walk off 1981 home vs. Braves, we're 11.5 out, the season's done, we've already scored 2 in the 9th to tie the score and then win the game on a Dave Bergman squeeze, he bunts home Joe Pettini off of Gene Garber to cap the comeback 6-5.  Pettini was on base as a pinch runner, it sure wasn't because of his bat - in 4 seasons as a utilityman Pettini had a 46 OPS+.  In '81 Pettini had 2 hits in 29 at bats. He had a -16 OPS+ and then we brought him back for two more seasons.  Surprisingly, no one else ever gave Joe Pettini any big league at bats.  Nice work, Giants.



1982 home vs. Reds, we're 6 back, which is a lot with just 18 left, but we've gained 3 in less than two weeks, so you like the trend.  Fewer than 4000 paid on a Wednesday night at the Stick because the fans are an under the radar cause for the Giants failure to win a World Series for over half a century in San Francisco.  We're down 4-3 with 1 out in the 8th - Chili Davis hits a 2 run homer off future Giant Joe Price and we're going to win this one 5-4. We move 5.5 out of first with 17 games to go, come on out to the ballpark, 1982.  This is Chili's 17th career home run, he'll hit two more in his rookie year.



2004 at Milwaukee, we're 4.5 out but half a game up in the WC, 17 to go, Brett Tomko goes the whole way with a complete game 4 hitter, walking only one and striking out 7. It's scoreless in the 6th, JT Snow hits a 3 run homer off Wes Obermueller and that opens it up, we win 8-1. It's Snow's 184th career homer and he only hits 5 more.  We move to 3.5 out in the West and up half a game in the WC; it's our 4th straight win and there are 16 to go.



2010 home vs. Dodgers, we're 1.5 out with 17 left after getting shut out by Kershaw in the series opener - and we're one out of the WC, so we are in the absolute nail biting thick of it for this one. Matt Cain goes 7, gives up just 3 baserunners, it's scoreless with 2 out in the 7th when Mike Fontenot drives home the game's first run with a single off of Chad Billingsley.  We win the game 2-1 and move half a game out of first with 16 games left to play.  Fontenot was a Giants utilityman for parts of two seasons, this and 2011, he wasnt super productive with an 89 OPS+ in 328 PA and he finished his big league career with the Phillies the following season. The Cubs sent us Fontenot about a month before, this was his 15th Giants game.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

September 14 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Yesterday

What is this all about?


Here are the top 5 September 14 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1965 at Houston, we moved into a tie for first place on the 7th and have bumped that to a 2.5 game lead over the past week, we were down 5-3 with 2 out in the 9th, Willie Mays tied it with a 2 run homer off Claude Raymond (career number 501) and then Jim Davenport won it in the 10th with a run scoring single off Mike Cuellar.  That's 12 wins in a row and with 17 games remaining we had a 3.5 games lead.  Mays hit third in 65, as he did in every season he played in San Francisco save one, more of that just below.

1969 home vs. Reds, 4 days ago we were in 1st, now we're 1.5 games out on game 146, the Braves are in first and between us is Cincinnati, they're a game out (and we're tied with the Dodgers, that's 4 teams within 1.5 games of the lead with 17 left, goddamn right this is a pennant race). Sunday afternoon at the Stick, 3-3 with 2 out in the 7th, hey, we're the ones who have Willie Mays, he singles home the go ahead run off of Jim Merritt, and we win it 5-3.  We stay a game and a half out and the Braves come in tomorrow.  Mays hit third in this one, here's every 3 hitter in San Francisco history.  The run of Ms is hard to miss.

58-62,64-71 Mays
63-McCovey
72-Speier
73-4 Maddox
75-Murcer
76-Matthews
77-Madlock
78-81 JClark
82-85 Davis
86-Brown
87-Leonard
88-93 WClark
94-02 Bonds
03-04 Grissom
05-Snow
06-Hillenbrand (he had a 74OPS+, by all means hit him third)
07-08 Winn
09, 11, 13 Sandoval
10-Huff
12-Cabrera
14-Posey
15-Duffy
16-Posey/Belt



1982 home vs. Reds, we were 13.5 out in late July, this is game 144 and that number is down to 6.  So, look, down 6 with 19 left is just too many, but since it's been 11 years since our last playoff appearance, you can forgive a little bit of hope here. Such a small Candlestick crowd, fewer than 4,000 paid on a Tuesday night.  We only get 3 hits, the important one coming with 2 out in the bottom of the 7th, down 1-0, Dave Bergman hits a 2 run homer off Bruce Berenyi and that score holds up. Bergman hit 14 Giants homers, including a walk off in late '83. 18 games left.  6 back.  But 1982 isn't over yet.



Walk off 1987 home vs. Padres, it's game 144 and we come in with a 6 game lead, 3-3 with an out in the 9th - Jose Uribe hits a walk off homer off Lance McCullers.  Uribe hit 19 career home runs, this was the only walk off.  With 18 games to go we have a 6.5 game lead in the West and are closing in our first postseason appearance since '71.



Walk off 1989 home vs. Reds, we walked off the Reds the night before and get them again here as we steam toward the playoffs.  It's game 147, we're 5 up in the West, looking for our second division title in three years.  3-3 in the 12th, Bob Brenly singles home the winning run off of Norm Charlton, we move 6 games up with 15 to go.  Brenly left after '88, went to Toronto, they released him, he comes back in September to finish his career.  This is his 9th game back with the Giants.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!


September 13 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What is this all about?

Yesterday

Here are the top 5 September 13 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1973 at San Diego, we're 8 out on game 145, that's too many out, 6-6 in the 9th, Steve Ontiveros hits a 2 run homer off of Gary Ross, we win this one 8-6. So, there were two guys named Steve Ontiveros.  We drafted this one in '69 in the 6th round out of Bakersfield High (the Phillies got Bob Boone a dozen picks prior). He was a utilityman for four seasons and was just fine, a 96 OPS+ in 910 PA.  We sent him to the Cubs before the '77 season in the Murcer for Madlock deal.  That's where he finished his career, as a 28 year old in 1980. The other Steve Ontiveros was a pitcher whose career began in '85 (you know those people who assume new identities and keep going to high school until they're in their 30s - this is a poorly formed version of that).



Walk off 1989 home vs. Reds, we've got a 5 game lead, it's game 146 so we are closing in on our second division title in three years. We came into the bottom of the 13th down 7-5, Greg Litton tied the score with a 2 run double and Brett Butler won it with a single off of Rosario Rodriguez. The Braves drafted Butler in the 23rd round in '79 out of Southeastern Oklahoma St (we drafted Jim Wilson, a high school catcher who didn't make it). Butler came up in '81 and after 3 years in Atlanta they sent him to Cleveland with Brook Jacoby for Len Barker.  He established himself as a solid starting center fielder in four years with the Indians, we signed him as a 31 year old in '88 and he hit, a 133 OPS+ in his first Giants season, 119 overall for his Giants career in 2083 PA. He left for the Dodgers in '91 and finished his career with them in '97.



1998 home vs. Rockies, we've lost 3 straight, 13.5 games out, so we're playing out the string, down 3-1 in the 8th - Barry Bonds hits a 3 run homer off Chuck McElroy, we win it 4-3.  This was #407 for Bonds.  Barry hit 762 homers.  What were, within the context of the game, the biggest each season?

1986-  #16 Barry was a Pirate, of course, leading off and playing CF as a rookie. On September 23 the Pirates were down 5-4 in the 9th to the Phillies, Barry hit a 2 run walk off against Steve Bedrosian.

1987- #21, May 13, Pirates down 5-2 to the Padres in the 6th, Barry hits a 3 run homer off Craig Lefferts to tie the score.

1988 - #58, July 17 - Bedrock and Lefferts, of course, were future Giants, this homer's hit against us, we're tied with the Pirates 3-3 in the 8th, Joe Price on the mound, Barry pinch hitting, on the 10th pitch of the at bat he hits a 2 run homer to give Pittsburgh the lead.

1989 - #66 April 4, Barry's now a left fielder, but still leading off for the Pirates, 3-3 in the 8th, Barry puts Pittsburgh in front with a homer off Montreal's Joe Hesketh.

1990 - #105 August 9, Barry's hitting 5th against the Expos, Pirates down 5-4 in the 8th, Barry homers off Scott Ruskin to tie the game.

1991- #137 August 12, Pirates down 3-2 in the bottom of the 11th, Lee Smith on the mound for the Cards, Barry hits a 2 run homer to win the game.

1992 - #158 July 19, Pirates down to the Cubs 2-1 in the 8th, Barry homers to tie the score.

1993 - #204, hey look, Barry's with the good guys now, he hits a ton of big homers in his first San Francisco season, this one is July 23, we were down to the Phillies 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th when Barry homered off of Curt Schilling to tie it up.

1994 - #227, April 18 we're down to the Expos 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th - and like the year before Barry Bonds homers to tie the score, this time off of Jeff Shaw.

1995 - #272, June 30, home against the Padres, we're down 6-4 in the 9th when Barry hits a 3 run walk off homer against Trevor Hoffman.

1996 - #333, September 17, Barry actually homered under very similar conditions 6 days prior, it's tied in the 8th, this one is 7-7, and Barry hits a 2 run homer off of Dario Veras of the Padres.

1997 - #342, May 26, 3-3 in the 9th, Barry homers off Jose Lima to walk off the Astros.

1998 - this game, the one we just did, #407, that was his big blow in '98.

1999 -  #439 August 30, 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th against Billy Brewer of the Phillies, Barry hits a 2 run walk off shot.

2000 - #469, June 5 4-4 in the 11th against the Angels, Barry homers off Shigetoshi Hasegawa to put us up 5-4.

2001 - #549, August 23, we're tied at 5 with the Expos in the 9th, Barry pinch homers off Graeme Lloyd to give us a 6-5 lead.

2002 - #572 April 5, 1-1 against the Padres in the bottom of the 10th, Barry walks it off with a 2 run homer off Alan Embree

2003 - Barry hit 3 walk offs in '03, let's pick August 21, 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th, Barry walked off the Braves two days prior and does it again, homering off of Trey Hodges for #652

2004 - #671 May 28, 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th against the Rockies, Barry hits a two run homer off of Tim Harikkala to send everyone home.

2005 - Barry was hurt most of the season, only hit 5 homers, let's pick #705 off Hung Chih Kuo of the Dodgers, we were up 4-3 in the 8th and this extends that to 5-3.

2006 - #711, April 26, we're down 7-5 to the Mets in the bottom of the 9th, Barry hits a 2 run pinch homer off Billy Wagner to tie the score.

2007 - last season for Barry, #738, April 18, Barry homers off Ryan Franklin of the Cards in the 8th inning to tie the score at 5.



2000 at Houston, it's game 145 and we have an 8.5 game lead, 28 games over .500, Livan Hernandez goes 8, 0 earned, it's 2-2 in the 9th, 2 out - Armando Rios homers off Wade Miller and we win this one 3-2. This is Rios's 19th career homer, he'll hit a total of 36, all but the final 3 with the Giants. We're off to San Diego for the weekend as we get ready for October baseball.



Walk off 2011 home vs. Padres, on August 21 we were just 1.5 back - but now it's 8.5 and the WC isn't much closer, this is game 148 so unfortunately it didn't happen for us this year.  2-2 with 2 out in the 12th, 1-2 count to Mark DeRosa - he singles home the winning run off of Brad Brach.  DeRosa got 201 PA over two seasons as a utilityman with the Giants and didn't hit at all, had a 67 OPS+, but 2011 was a solid upgrade over 2010 (DeRosa gave us a 48 OPS+ in 2010, there's just no way he should have been given any 2011 PA). This was near the end of his career, in 2012 DeRosa was 37 and left for the Nationals and then finished the following season in Toronto.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

Blogger Template created by Just Blog It