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May 26 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, May 26, 2017


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May 26 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1959 home vs. Dodgers, always a good day when you're walking off the Dodgers, this is a Koufax game, he struck out 11 and took a 4-2 lead into the 9th. He loaded the bases and got pulled for Art Fowler - who gave up a grand slam to Leon Wagner to win it for the good guys.  Walk off grand slam against the Dodgers.  Big ups to 1959.  Daddy Wags spent his first two seasons in San Francisco (he had a career 128 OPS+ as a Giant) we moved him after this year to the Cardinals with Daryl Spencer for Don Blasingame. This was Wagner's first grand slam and first walk off. It's the third walk off home run in San Francisco history and the first one against Los Angeles.

 

1961 at Chicago, first place Giants head to Wrigley for 3 and a half hours on a Friday afternoon, 1-1 in the 13th, Harvey Kuenn singles home 2 off of Don Elston, we win the game 3-2.  This was Kuenn's first Giants season, we got him from the Indians for Johnny Antonelli and Willie Kirkland.  And he wasn't good in '61, his 87 OPS+ was the worst of his career to that date. He rebounded the following year, but in 2000 career Giants plate appearances he was really just okay.  We'd deal him to these Cubs four years later.



Walk off 1962 home vs. Mets, the Giants came in 30-14, but trailed 6-5 with one out and one on in the 10th - Willie Mays turned it around with a 2 run homer off of Jay Hook and the best ever San Francisco team moved to 31-14 on the year.  Just another 165 OPS+, 10 win season for Mays, the 4th best of his career, meaning the 4th best for any center fielder in organization history.  It was Willie's second career walk off homer and the 335th homer of his career.



Walk off 1997 home vs. Astros, first place Giants came into the bottom of the ninth with the score tied, on the second pitch of the inning Barry Bonds homered off of Jose Lima to send everyone home. Just another 170 OPS+, 8 and a half win season for Bonds, his 9th best season as a Giant meaning the 9th best season for any left fielder in organizational history.  It was Barry's second Giants walk off homer and the 342nd homer of his career.



2004 home vs. Diamondbacks, down 3-2 with the bases loaded in the 8th, Pedro Feliz doubles home 2 off of Jose Valverde, 4-3 is the final score.  Feliz got 3000+ plate appearances as the Giants third baseman over several years and just didn't hit - his Giants career OPS+ was 84.

See you to tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 25 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, May 25, 2017


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Top 5 May 25 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1963 home vs. Dodgers, first place Giants against the second place Dodgers on a Saturday afternoon at the Stick. 2-2 in the 7th, one out, one on - Ed Bailey hits a 2 run homer off of Johnny Podres, we're gonna win this one 6-2.  It's Bailey's best year as a Giant with a 147 OPS+. We dealt him to Milwaukee in the offseason, then got him back a little more than a year later for the winning pitcher in this game, Billy O'Dell.



1976 home vs. Astros,13 years later we came in 13 under .500, fewer than 3000 paid on a Tuesday night at the Stick. Getting shut out 3-0 in the 5th, Bobby Murcer hits a grand slam off JR Richard.  At the end of the season we send Murcer to the Cubs for Bill Madlock. It's the third grand slam of Murcer's career.

1976 home vs. Astros, same game, now down 6-5 with two out in the 8th, Willie Montanez hits a 2 run homer off Ken Forsch.  Three weeks later we traded Montanez to Atlanta for Darrell Evans.



Walk off 2013 home vs. Rockies, the Giants came in a game out of first and trailed 5-4 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Angel Pagan hit a 2 run walk off inside the park home run.  It's Pagan's second inside the park home and his second walk off (the others did not come in the same at bat, obviously). It was the first game ending inside the park homer in 9 years.

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Walk off 2016 home vs Padres, 29-19, the first place Giants were tied at 3 with San Diego with a man on and two out in the bottom of the 10th.  Brandon Crawford singled home Matt Duffy off of Brad Hand with the winning run.  This was our 9th straight over the Padres. Crawford's 2016 is one of the 40 best seasons for a shortstop in organizational history.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 24- Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


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Here are the top 5 May 24 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1962 home vs Phillies, the best club in San Francisco history was 28-14 when they hosted the Phillies in front of 5000 paid on a Thursday afternoon.  Down 4-3 with 2 out in the 7th, Willie Mays hits a 2 run homer off Cal McLish. We'd win the game 7-4.  49 homers and a 162 OPS+ in '62 for Mays.  Mays was a 10 win player in '62, his peak starts now - this is the fourth best season of his career and the three best are the next 3.



1980 at Pittsburgh, 5 hours on a Saturday night at Three Rivers, with 2 out in the 15th, Jim Wohlford doubles home Darrell Evans off of Rod Scurry to break a 9-9 tie, we win it 10-9.  It's the first of three replacement level seasons for Wohlford in San Francisco.



1987 at Philadelphia, 25-17, the first place Giants were tied 3-3 in the 8th at the Vet, 2 on, 2 out, Robby Thompson hits a 3 run homer off of Kent Tekulve.  We win 6-3.  Thompson finished second in the rookie of the year race in '86, this is the 10th homer of his career.



1998 at St Louis, almost 6 hours on a Sunday afternoon at Busch, down to our last strike in the 9th, 4-2, a man on, Barry Bonds hits a two run homer off Juan Acevedo to tie the game.  We'd have 8 more innings to play,  it's Barry's 385 career homer.



1998 at St Louis, same game, we put the first two on in the 17th, Stan Javier attempts to bunt them over - it's thrown away by Kent Mercker to score both men and we'd win the game 6-3.  Javier got a lot of plate appearances as a 4th outfielder in San Francisco for nearly 4 seasons.  We moved him to Houston in late '99 for a non prospect.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!


May, 2017 Athlete of the Month

Tuesday, May 23, 2017




Steph Curry.  Runners-up: Aaron Judge,  Ryan Zimmerman, Kevin Durant

Nearing the halfway mark.  Who is going to be athlete of the year for 2017?

January - Deshaun Watson
February - Tom Brady
March - Russell Westbrook
April - A'ja Wilson
May - Stephen Curry

May 23 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

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



Walk off 1976 home vs Braves, after losing the first half of a doubleheader we were 12-27 on the season, this was a 10 inning 3 hitter from John Montefusco, scoreless in the bottom of the 10th, with two out Chris Speier drives in Derrel Thomas with the winning run. We played .500 ball the rest of the season and still finished 27.5 back.



1978 home vs. Astros, first place Giants on a Tuesday night at Candlestick, down 2-0 headed to the bottom of the 9th, we has already picked up a run, now with 2 out, Tom Heintzelman singled home Larry Herndon off of Joe Sambito to tie the score. Heintzelman got 39 plate apperances in parts of 2 seasons in San Francisco, after this game tying single he only had four hits left in his big league career.

Walk off 1978 home vs. Astros, same game, next batter, Bill Madlock follows with a single that scores Mike Sadek to win the game.  We got Madlock from the Cubs before the prior season for Bobby Murcer, he was just okay in '77 but hit the heck out of the ball in '78, had a 144 OPS+. It was the 13th best season for a Giants second baseman in organizational history.  So, of course, we dealt him to Pittsburgh at the deadline the following season.



2009 at Seattle, down 1-0 with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 8th - Juan Uribe clears them with a 3 run double off Mark Lowe, we win 5-1. We had 3 hits in our previous 35 at bats with men in scoring position.  Uribe was 30 in his initial Giants campaign in '09, with an OPS+ of 112, this was his best year to that date with the bat.



Walk off 2016 home vs Padres, the night before Bumgarner shut out the Cubs 1-0, this was Johnny Cueto's turn, a complete game 2 hitter, Hunter Pence broke the scoreless tie with a 2 out double in the 9th off of Brand Hand that scored Brandon Belt with the walk off.  Pence had a 133 OPS+ in 2013, but has slowly been giving that back, a little bit every year since.  He's clearly post-peak as of 2017.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 22 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, May 22, 2017

Yesterday

What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 May 22 Moments in San Francisco Giants History.



1968 at Atlanta, complete game 3 hitter by Mike McCormick, but it took a 2 out tiebreaking Willie Mays single in the 9th inning off of Pat Jarvis to give us the 2-1 win.  Mays was 37 in '68, had a 156 OPS+, his best year with the bat since '65.  It's his 14th best season.



1981 at Houston, 14th inning, 2-2, with 2 out Jerry Martin singles home Darrell Evans off of Dave Smith, we go up 3-2. Its Martin's only season in San Francisco, we got him in the offseason from the Cubs for Joe Strain, we'll move him in the offseason to the Royals for Rich Gale and Bill Laskey.

1981 at Houston, same game 4 and a half hours on a Friday night at the Astrodome, 3-3 game in the 15th, bases loaded, two out, Darrell Evans singles home 2 off of Bobby Sprowl, it's our 18th hit of the night and we win it 6-3.



2005 home vs A's, 6th inning, 1 on, 2 out, we trail Oakland 1-0, Moses Alou hits a 2 run homer off of future (mostly awful) Giant Barry Zito.  We win the game 3-1.  It's Alou's 5th Giants homer.



Walk off 2011 home vs. A's, 4-4 in the 11th, Emmanuel Burriss singles home Darren Ford off of Brian Fuentes to win it for the home team.  Burriss came up in '06 and did portions of five seasons as a utility guy.  He left after the 2012 season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 21 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Yesterday

What is this all about?

Here are the Top 5 Moments on May 21 in San Francisco Giants history.



1969 home vs Cardinals, 2-2 in the 8th, 38 year old Willie Mays hits a 2 run homer off Gary Waslewski, we win the game 4-3.  It's homer #592 for Mays.



1972 home vs Braves, after losing the front end of a doubleheader the Giants were 10-25 on the season, we trailed 1-0 with 2 out in the 8th, Bobby Bonds hits a 2 run homer off Ron Reed and those are the last runs scored.  It's the 105th homer of Bonds's career.



2004 at Montreal, down 3-2 in the 7th, Edgardo Alfonzo hits a 2 run double off of Luis Ayala.  We go up 4-3 and win 6-5.  Alfonzo was replacement level in his 3 San Francisco seasons.



2013 home vs. Nationals, down 2-1 with 2 out in the 9th, Gregor Blanco triples home Andres Torres off of Rafael Soriano to the the score.  Blanco got a couple thousand plate appearances, mostly as the 4th OF for the Giants, but started and was worth a couple wins in '13.



Walk off 2013 home vs. Nationals, same game, Pablo Sandoval hits a 2 run homer in the 10th off of Yunesky Maya and we win the game.  Sandoval had two walk off homers as a Giant, the first was four years prior, also off the Nationals.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 20 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 May 20 Moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1971 at Cubs, the Giants were 28-11 with an 8.5 game lead coming in but trailed 6-5 in the 9th inning when Willie McCovey hit a 3 run homer off Earl Stephenson.  We held on 8-7. McCovey's peak ended the year before, his aged 30-32 seasons were the best run of his career, but he still had an OPS+ of 149 in '71. This was his 360th career homer.



1977 at Cardinals, we were already 13.5 out and facing a long slog when we were tied with the Cardinals in the 9th inning, 4-4, 2 on, 2 out, Darrell Evans drove them both home with a double off of Al Hrabosky and we'd win 7-5.  It's Evans's first full season in San Francisco, coming over from the Braves during the '76 campaign.  Through 2016 Evans remains the 23rd greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.



1982 home vs Pirates, 4000 paid on a Thursday afternoon at the Stick, tied at 1, 2 on 2 out in the 8th, Joe Morgan singles off Rod Scurry to score both men and 3-1 was the final score.  Having been able to see Joe Morgan in his two seasons in San Francisco is a benefit of my age.  Morgan was good - particularly this season, when he was 37 years old in '82 he was worth 5+ WAR, it was the 12th best season for a second baseman in Giants organizational history.  We dealt him to the Phillies after the season with Al Holland for Mark Davis and Mike Krukow.



2004 at Chicago, 3-3 with 2 outs in the 10th, Neifi Perez hits a 2 run homer off Joe Borowski and we win 5-3.  Perez was awful in his less than 2 years in San Francisco, he had an OPS+ of 48 in '04, we released him in August and he got picked up by these Cubs.



2011 home vs A's, interleague against our crosstown...not really rivals, honestly, more like just neighbors, at least from the Giants perspective...1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Aubrey Huff singles home Emmanuel Burriss off of Brian Fuentes and 2-1 is the final score.  Huff was 7th in the NL MVP race in 2010 and he never plays another big league game after 2012.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 19 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, May 19, 2017


Yesterday

What is this all about?

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



1963 home vs Phillies, second half of a Sunday doubleheader, Giants in first place, down 3-2 with 2 out in the 5th, Ed Bailey hits a 3 run homer off John Boozer to put us up 5-3.

Walk off 1963 home vs Phillies, same game, it's now tied 5-5, with an out in the 9th Felipe Alou hit the game winning homer off Ryne Duran. In the offseason we'd move both Alou and Bailey in the same deal, to the Brewers for Del Crandall.



1972 home vs Atlanta, the Giants are 9-23 and no one is at the park for this Friday night game (I might have been there.  Was I there?) We were down 5-1 but scored 6 in the 7th, the big blow being a 2 run Garry Maddox double off Pat Jarvis.  We won 7-6.  This is Maddox's rookie year, we drafted him in '68, he came up in '72 and replaced Willie Mays as the starting center fielder.  He was good - through 2016 the 37th best season for a CF in organizational history is Maddox's the following year.  In early '75 we moved him to Philadelphia where he'd spend the rest of his career.



1979 at Atlanta, Giants looking to take both ends of a doubleheader, 2 outs in the top of the 11th, 5-5, a man on - Willie McCovey hits a 2 run homer off of Gene Garber.  We'll win the game 7-6. McCovey's 41 in '79, his last full season.  It's his 507th career homer, he only has 14 left to hit.



1992 home vs Pirates, down 2-1 in the 6th, Will Clark hits a two run homer off Doug Drabek, we go on to win 7-2. Will came up hitting, from a homer off Nolan Ryan in his big league debut in '86 until this to beat Drabek with his 150th career homer.  He had a 148 OPS+ in '92.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!


May 18 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, May 18, 2017



Yesterday.

What is this all about?

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



1966 at Dodgers, at 22-10 the Giants were in first place as they played this Wednedsay night game at a sold out Dodger Stadium.  Down 3-2 in the 8th, Hal Lanier tied the score with a base hit off of Claude Osteen to score Don Landrum.  We won 6-4.  Lanier came up through the system, signed when he was 18, became the starting second baseman in '64, could not hit a lick, never hit a lick, got 3700 sub replacement plate appearances as a Giant with an OPS+ of 50.  It wasn't Mays/McCovey/Marichal's fault we never won a World Series, it was all the bums we put next to them.



1974 home vs Padres, Giants down 2-1 with 2 out in the 8th when Mike Phillips hits a 3 run homer of Steve Arlin.  You've gotta be getting tired of reading about Mike Phillips every day.  We win 4-2.  Like Lanier, Phillips was a farmhand, drafted at 18, was a utility guy in '73 and '74, we let him go early in the '75 season.



2005 at Colorado, 2-2 in the ninth, Deivi Cruz continues the May 18th tradition of light hitting middle infielders winning games for the Giants; he triples home Pedro Feliz off of Brian Fuentes and we win 3-2.  Cruz was a replacement level utility infielder for two Giants seasons near the end of his 9 year career.  He hit 3 triples with San Francisco.



2010 at San Diego, 4-4 in the 12th, runners on the corners, it's May 18th, so who wins this game...it's Matt Downs, he doubles everyone home off of Cesar Ramos and we wind up winning the game 7-6.  This broke a seven game losing streak against the Padres. Downs was a light hiting backup infielder who came up through the system, got about 140 Giants plate appearances and would be released about 3 months after winning this game.



2011 at Dodgers, like 45 years prior we're in first place at Dodger Stadium, no banjo hitting utility guy here, just Brian Wilson, with the bases loaded and a 3-1 lead, getting Jamey Carroll to line to right to end the game.  It was Madison Bumgarner's first win of the season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 17 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Yesterday.

What is this all about?

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



Walk off 1961 home vs. Cubs, down 3-2 in the 9th, runners on the corners, Ed Bailey singles home Cepeda off of Don Elson. Two batters later Jim Marshall drew a walk that ended the game. We got Bailey 3 weeks prior from the Reds for Don Blasingame and Bob Schmidt, Bailey hit the ball in '62 and '63, with OPS+ of 121 and 147.  In '65 we traded him to the Braves in February and got him back from the Braves in May. Which is weird.



Walk off 1963 home vs Mets, 3 and a half hours on a Friday night at the Stick, with one out in the 11th Joey Amalfitano homered off of future Giant manager Roger Craig to win it for the good guys.  Amalfitano too a circuitous route to the only walk off homer of his career.  He got 29 plate appearances for New York in '54-55 and then went back down for years, not getting back to the bigs until '60 (we released him entirely and resigned him in the interim).  He's a Giant in '60-'61 but then gets drafted away by the expansion Colt 45s and plays in Houstin in '62 - but wait, wait, we deal for him in the offseason for Manny Mota.  And here he is, nearly a decade after being signed by the New York Giants beating Roger Craig on a Friday night at the Stick.



Walk off 1981 home vs Expos, bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th in a 4-4 game, Jack Clark singles home Mike Sadek off of Steve Ratzer to win it. Clark had a career San Francisco OPS+ of 134, Through 2016 he remains the 15th greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.



1995 home vs Cubs, down 1-0 in the 7th - until Barry Bonds hits a 2 run homer off of Kevin Foster.  That 2-1 lead holds up.  Just another 170 OPS+ season for Bonds in '95. It's an 8+ WAR season for Barry, his 10th best as a Giant.



1997 at Cubs, down 1-0 in the 8th, former Cub Rick Wilkins hits a 3 run homer off of Amaury Telemaco, we win the game 4-1.  We got Wilkins at the deadline in '96 from Houston for Kirt Manwaring and will release him 2 and a half months after this home run.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

At the Quarter Pole - 2017 MLB All Star Teams

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Here is the first build of my selections for the 2017 MLB All Star Teams.

I do this exercise each year at the 40, 60, and finally the 80 game mark, full 34 man all star rosters for both leagues.  Each team represented, 21 position players, 13 pitchers.  

I'm only interested in this season's play, it's an evaluation of the best players so far in 2016. WAR is B-Ref+Davenport, the best WAR number that exists.

I also do this opportunity to make updated predictions.  These are they.

AL East
1. NYY 85
2. Boston 84
3. Baltimore 82
4. Tampa 
5. Toronto 

AL Central
1. Cleveland 92
2. Detroit 82
3. Minnesota 
4. Chicago 
5. Kansas City

AL West
1. Houston 97
2. Seattle 83
3. Texas 
4. LAA 
5. Oakland

NL East
1. Washington 92
2. NYM 81
3. Miami 
4. Atlanta
5. Philadelphia

NL Central
1. Chicago 90
2. St Louis 84
3. Pittsburgh
4. Milwaukee 
5. Cincinnati 

NL West
1. LAD 95
2. Colorado 83
3. Arizona 82
4. SFG 80
5. San Diego

NL

C
B. Posey SFG 1.85
Y. Grandal LAD 1.55

1B
F.Freeman Atl 2.7-MVP
R.Zimmerman Wash 2.05
J.Votto Cin 1.8
E.Thames Mil 1.7

2B
C.Hernandez Phi 1.4
DJ LeMahieu Col 1.25

SS
Z.Cozart Cin 2.2
C.Owings Ari 1

3B
E.Suarez Cin 2.05
J.Gyorko SD 1.95
K.Bryant Chi 1.7

LF 
A.Altherr Phi 1.8
M.Ozuna Mia 1.75
M.Conforto NYM 1.75

CF
C.Blackmon Col 1.2
C.Yelich Mia 1.05

RF
B.Harper Wash 2.45
S.Schebler Cin 1.1

DH
P.Goldschmidt Ari 2.2

P
M.Leake StL 2.25-MVP
C.Kershaw LAD 2
I.Nova Pit 1.85
Z.Greinke Ar 1.65
G.Gonzalez Wash 1.6
A.Senzatela Col 1.6
G.Cole Pit 1.45
M.Scherzer Wash 1.45
K.Freeland Col 1.3
T.Cahill SD 1

RP
G.Holland Col 1.5
W.Davis Chi 1.45
T.Watson Pit 1.25

AL

C
B. McCann Hou 1.2
A.Avila Det 1

1B 
Y. Alonso Oak 1.45
C.Davis Balt .75

2B
R.Cano Sea 1.55
J.Lowrie Oak 1.05
S.Castro NYY 1.05

SS
E.Andrus Tex 1.5
C.Correa Hou 1.4

3B
M.Sano Min 1.95
E.Longoria TB 1.15

LF 
M.Gardner NYY 1.65
J.Upton Det 1.55

CF
M.Trout LAA 3.05
L.Cain KC 1.65
A.Hicks NYY 1.5

RF 
A.Judge NYY 2.45
M.Haniger Sea 1.65
A.Garcia CWS 1.6

DH
C.Dickerson TB 1.85
N.Cruz Sea 1.65

P
C.Sale Bos 2.5
D.Keuchel Hou 2.5
J.Vargas KC 2.4
E.Santana Min 2.3
C.Carrasco Cle 2
D.Bundy Balt 2.15
J.Paxton Sea 1.6
M.Fulmer Det 1.5
Y.Darvish Tex 1.4
M.Stroman Tor 1.4


RP
C.Kimbrel Bos 1.6
A.Miller Cle 1.2
A.Swarzak CWS 1.1









May 16 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History


Yesterday

What is this all about?

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



Walk off 1964 home vs Mets, Mays homered to tie the game at 4 with 2 out in the 9th, it's now 6 innings later in the 15th, the score is the same, and Jim Davenport hits a 2 out, 2 run homer of Galen Cisco to send everyone home.  It's Davenport's only walk off homer.



Walk off 1980 home vs. Cardinals, at 11-22 on the season there hadn't been a ton of good moments in the 1980 season, but here, down 3-2, Jim Wohlford singled home the tying and winning run in the ninth off of Mark Littell for the 4-3 win.  Wohlford was a replacement level pinch hitter in his three mid career seasons with the Giants.  We sent him to Montreal after the '82 season.

Walk off 1984 home vs Mets, at 13-22 we weren't any better than 4 years prior, and again, we trailed 3-2 in the ninth inning when Jack Clark tied the game with a 2 out single - we won it when Hubie Brooks misplayed a Jeffrey Leonard ground ball to third, allowing Joe Pittman to score the winning run.  We got Pittman in the offseason from the Padres for Champ Summers, he only played 17 games for us; two weeks after scoring this run was the final game of his big league career.



Walk off 1990 home vs Mets, we've had some dramatic games against the Mets on May 16, again, we were pretty bad, 13-20 coming into the game, 3-3 with 2 out in the 9th, Kevin Mitchell homered off of Alejandro Pena (just inside the left field pole) to walk them off.  It was the first walk off homer of his career, the second would come 3 weeks later.



1991 home vs Expos, another bad season, 11-22, no one at the Stick on a Thursday night, We had a 5-4 lead in the ninth with one out, runners on the corners, and Tim Wallach at the plate - but he grounds into a 6-3 double play off of Francisco Oliveras and we hold on.  Oliveras did three of his 4 big league seasons in San Francisco, mostly out of the pen, He had 5 career saves, this was his third.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 15 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, May 15, 2017


Yesterday

What is this all about?

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



1990 home vs Mets, down 4-1 in the 4th, Terry Kennedy hits a grand slam off of Ron Darling to put us in front 5-4. Kennedy hit only 4 more homers the rest of his career - this was his second career grand slam, his first was his first ever homer, against Tug McGraw.

1990 home vs Mets, same game, 5-5 in the 8th, pinch hitting for Kennedy is our other catcher, former Met Gary Carter, he hits a two out, two strike double off of Bob Ojeda that scores Kevin Bass. That's it, we hold on to that 6-5 win.  The only season in Carter's last six where he broke 100 OPS+ is the year he spent in San Francisco.  He played just 92 games for the Giants.



1993 at San Diego, scoreless in the 6th, Barry Bonds hits a 2 run homer off of Kerry Taylor, one of our 4 hits on the day - we win 3-0.  28 year old Bonds won his 3rd MVP in '93.  This was Barry's 9th Giants homer.



2010 home vs Astros, down 1-0 in the 4th, Juan Uribe hits a 2 run homer off of Roy Oswalt - those are the last runs scored in the game.  Uribe spent two seasons in San Francisco (like Gary Carter, he left to join the Dodgers as a free agent) but hit 40 regular season homers and two in the 2010 playoffs.



2016 at Arizona, up 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, the Snakes had runners on the corners with one out, Santiago Casilla got Rickie Weeks on a replay aided 4-6-3 to end the game.  Casilla left the Giants after 2016 as the 41st best player in San Francisco history.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

May 14 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Yesterday

What is this all about?

Top 5 May 14 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1965 home vs Astros, complete game 4 hitter by Gaylord Perry, but it was 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th when Jim Ray Hart led off with a homer off of Ken Johnson.  In his 12 year career Hart hit two walk off homers - the second one comes a month later.



Walk off 1967 home vs Astros, we had already taken the first half of a doubleheader but trailed 3-0 headed to the 8th.  We got two in that frame but were still down 3-2 with a man on and 2 out in the bottom of the 9th when Ollie Brown hit a 2 run homer off Claude Raymond (Brown took a Raymond fastball off the face two days prior). Brown signed with the Giants at 18, came up to the club when he was 21 in 1965 - he was an adequate starting right fielder in '67 and was drafted away by the Padres a year later, becoming their first ever player.



Walk off 1978 home vs Cardinals, first game of a Sunday doubleheader and it goes a dozen innings, 4-4 in the 12th, 2 out, Terry Whitfield hits a game winning homer off Mark Littell. The Giants had to score two runs late to force extra innings.   Whitfield did four reasonable years as our left fielder in the 70s before heading off to Japan in 1981.  This was the only walk off home run of his big league career.

Walk off 1978 home vs Cardinals, not the same game as the one before - this is the second half of the doubleheader, we walked off the Cardinals in extra innings in both ends of a doubleheader in 1978. Bottom of the 10th inning, runners on the corners with 2 out in a 3-3 game, Marc Hill singles home Terry Whitfield off of Mark Littell (losing pitcher in both games) to complete the doubleheader sweep.  The Giants had to score two runs late to force extra innings.  We played the same game twice on May 14, 1978.  In a 14 year career Hill was his club's primary catcher twice, with the Giants in '77 and '78 and they were his two best seasons, with positive WAR and OPS+ in the mid 80s.  He spent backup catcher-ish level of productive years with the Giants.



Walk off 1995 home vs Pittsburgh, we scored a run in the first, they scored a run in the second - that was it until the bottom of the 10th when Darren Lewis singled home Royce Clayton off of Dan Miceli to win the game.  D-Lew didn't finish the season in San Francisco, he went to Cincinnati in the big Deion Sanders deadline deal.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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