April 28 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, April 28, 2017


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Here are the top 5 April 28 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1978 at Pittsburgh, down 3-2 in the 9th  40 year old Willie McCovey hit a 3 run double off John Candelaria, we'd hold on to win 5-4.  McCovey had a really good year with the bat in his return to the Giants in '77 but hit just .228 this year as his final descent to retirement began.

Walk off 1985 home vs Reds, even in a season where you lose a hundred games sometimes the good guys win. This was 1-1 in the 11th when David Green singled home Manny Trillo off of Tom Hume to give us a rare 1985 victory.  This was Green's only season in San Francisco after being the key piece coming back from St Louis in the Jack Clark trade in the off season.  He'd be out of the big leagues in '86 before coming back to the Cardinals for the '87 stretch run.

Walk off 1992  home vs Expos, 4 years later Mark Gardner would join the Giants and remain in the organization following his retirment, but here he started for Montreal, giving up only a run, but was long gone in the 10th inning when, with the score 1-1, Matt Williams hit a walk off homer against Bill Sampen. Williams hit 5 walk off homers in his career, this was his second.

Walk off 1993 home vs Mets 39 year old Frank Tanana, in his final season, started this one for the Mets; he threw 7 shutout innings but put a couple on in the 8th before getting pulled.  We scored 3 in the 8th to take a 3-2 lead, the Mets tied it in the top of the 9th. Matt Williams won the game with a single off Mike Maddux that scored Mike Benjamin.   Only Jimmy Davenport had more plate appearances as a San Francisco third baseman than Williams.

2012 home vs Padres, the Giants came into the 7th with only one baserunner, an infield Tim Lincecum (who threw 121 pitches) single, but had a couple of men on with two out, trailing 1-0 when Brandon Belt doubled both home. That 2-1 lead held up.  Only McCovey, Clark, Cepeda, Snow, have more San Francisco plate appearances at first base than does Belt.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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