June 4 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, June 4, 2017


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Top 5 June 4 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1975 at Chicago, down 6-5 with 2 out in the 7th, Bobby Murcer hits a 2 run homer off Darold Knowles to put us up 7-6. Murcer's first of two Giants seasons, we got him from the Yankees for Bobby Bonds and would deal him to these Cubs for Bill Madlock after the following season.

1975 at Chicago, same game, now 8-8 in the 9th, Derrel Thomas homers off Oscar Zamora, we're gonna win it 10-8.  It's also Thomas's first year in San Francisco, we got him from the Padres for Tito Fuentes and a couple of years from now will ship him back to San Diego for Mike Ivie.  Thomas only had one season of his 15 where he had an OPS+ that reached 100, this was not that season.

1978 at Montreal, the Giants are 14 over .500, half a game up in the West, 2-2 in the 10th, Vic Harris leads off with a homer off Mike Garman for the game's final run.  Harris was a light hitting utility guy, he came over as part of a 7 player deal with the Cardinals the year before, in '78 his OPS+ in a hundred at bats was 29 so he was light hitting like Karen Carpenter was a light eater.  This was his only home run of the season, his was hitting .071 at the time.  The A's picked him 9th in the January draft in 1970, we picked Chris Speier second.  Harris was a -6 WAR player for his career, that makes him one of the very worst players in MLB History.

1986 at Montreal, the Giants are a game and a half out in the West, down 2-1 with 2 on in the 8th, Chili Davis drives them both home with a triple off of Jeff Reardon.  We'd win the game 4-2.  Chili was typically solid in '86, 4 WAR, 124 OPS+.

Walk off 2003 home vs. Twins, 13 games over .500 with a 3 game lead in the West, bottom of the ninth, 3-3, bases loaded with 2 out, Juan Rincon pitching to (gulp) Barry Bonds - Bonds singles on the first pitch to score Jose Cruz with the winning run.  This was Barry's 9th walk off hit as a Giant.  It's his 7th best Giants season meaning the 7th best season any Giants left fielder ever had.  As he did in every season from 2000-04, Barry led all of MLB in BB, OBP, SLG, OPS and OPS+ (231).

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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