April 17 - Top Five Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, April 17, 2017


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

Walk off 1960 home vs Cubs, 5th game of the third season of San Francisco Giants baseball, this was a 14 inning 4 hour game, with the score 3-3, Billy Loes, three innings into a relief stint, stayed in to hit for himself, led off the 14th with a single, was bunted over - and then scored on a Jimmy Davenport base hit.  Good guys win 4-3.

1964 home vs St Louis, 4th game of the season, down 3-1 in the 6th, Willie Mays hits a 3 run homer off of future Giant manager Roger Craig. It was Mays's 4th of the season (he hit two off of Spahn on opening day, I mean, it's Willie Mays). This was Mays's 410th career homer.

Walk off 1964 same game, now 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th, bases loaded, 2 out, Chuck Hiller with the literal walk off - he draws the walk off Ron Taylor to score Davenport with the winning run. Hiller was basically just a guy as the Giants starting second baseman, but even that totally collapsed in '64. He hit .180, he had an OPS+ of 37, it was really dreadful.

1988 at San Diego, 5th inning, down 2-0, 2 on, 2 out, Will Clark hits a 3 run homer off Andy Hawkins to put the good guys up 3-0.  We'd win this one 9-4.  It was Will's 50th career home run, he'd hit 126 more as a Giant.

2005 at Colorado 7th inning, down 5-3, two out, bases loaded - how about a Michael Tucker grand slam off of Byung-Hyun Kim.  We'd win the game 8-6.  Tucker was a bad Giant, a negative WAR player in over 800 plate appearances who earned 3.5 million and cost us a first round draft pick.  We moved him to the Phillies before the end of the season for a prospect who never made the bigs.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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