April 27 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, April 27, 2017


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Here are the top 5 April 27 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off 1965 home vs Phillies, down 11-7 the Giants tied it with 4 in the 7th and then took a 13-11 lead in the 8th.  The Phillies tied it up at 13 in the top of the 9th, but with two out in the bottom Matty Alou homered off Ed Roebuck to give it to the home team.  This Alou had several good years in Pittsburgh but was a replacement player in 1100 please stop it with the non Felipe Alou brothers plate appearances with the Giants.

1969 home vs. Astros, we already won the first game of this double header, but were down 2-1 in the 6th - that changed with a 3 run Willie McCovey homer off Jack Billingham.   We've hit the sweet spot for McCovey; he leads the league on OBP and SLG and his 209 OPS+ is his career high.  He's an 8 win player in '69, McCovey's career year.

1977 home vs. Astros, 8 years later, again it's Houston - down 2-1 in the 8th, a man on with 2 out - JR Richard on the hill..Darrell Evans beats him with a 2 run homer and that 3-2 mark will be the final score.  We got Evans in a deadline deal with the Braves the year before, he'd be a Giant for 8 years before signing with the Tigers as a free agent.

Walk off 1998 home vs Pirates, the day before we walked off the Brewers, the Pirates got in the barrel here, down 5-4, Marvin Benard doubled home Rey Sanchez all the way from first to tie the game.  A couple of batters later a Kent single scored Benard to win it.  Benard tried to hook up with a couple of AL clubs after his Giants career ended in '03, but never played a big league game for anyone but San Francisco.

Walk off 2014 home vs Indians, an interleague game makes the countdown, 1-1, two out, two on, botom of the ninth - Brandon Hicks hits a 3 run game winning homer.   This was the only season of Hicks's four year career where he got more than 70 plate apperances, but he didn't make it to mid July before he was out of the big leagues for good.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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