May 23 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


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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!

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