September 19 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Here are the top 5 September 19 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1965 at Milwaukee, we're 3.5 up with 13 left, 2-2 in the 8th, Jim Davenport singles home the go ahead run off Tony Cloninger - we win this one 4-2.  We head to Cincinnati 3.5 games up with a dozen to play.  We lost to the Cubs on the 3rd, leaving us 2 back and in third place.  Then we went on the best September run in San Francisco history.  14 straight.

Took two in Chicago.
Two in LA
Went back home and got two against Houston and then swept 4 against the Cubs
Then went to Houston and swept 4.
We're in Milwaukee this weekend, we lose the opener to break the streak and then win the next two, we head to Cincinnati up 3.5 on LA with 12 remaining.

Walk off 1982 home vs. Padres, we're 5.5 out with 14 left, but '82 is dying hard, we've won 12 of the last 15 and walk off the Padres on a Sunday afternoon. Runners on the corners in the 11th, we're tied at 3, Tom O'Malley ends it with a single off of Luis DeLeon. We stay 5.5 back with 13 to go, we're heading to Cincinnati on Tuesday. It's O'Malley's rookie year and the best season he'll ever have with the bat.

1989 home vs. Dodgers, we're 5 up with a dozen left, we're down 2-0 with 2 out and the bases loaded in the 5th - Mike Laga clears the bases with a pinch double off of Orel Hershiser, Laga spent the last two years of a 9 season career with us as a pinch hitter, he played in 40 games, got a total of 50 Giants plate appearances, had an 88 OPS+ (Laga had two doubles as a Giant).  We stay 5 up with 11 games remaining.

1997 at San Diego, the Brian Johnson game was the day before, we come into this tied with the Dodgers with 9 to play. Scoreless in the 6th, Barry Bonds hits a 2 run homer off Joey Hamilton, we go on and win it 7-4 - the Dodgers lose - so with 8 to play we move into first place (and never fall out of it the rest of the way).  It's #370 for Bonds, he's got 4 more to hit before the season ends.

2010 home vs. Brewers, sold out Sunday afternoon, it's game 150, we're half a game out of first place, still chasing the Padres. The WC is a couple of games away, so it's the division in our sights with 13 to play. The big blow is in the first inning - Jose Guillen hits a grand slam off Chris Narveson, we cruise to a 9-2 win and move into first place with a dozen games left.  Guillen, who has 6 RBI on the day, played the final 42 games of a 14 season career with the Giants and hit 3 of his 214 career homers with us.  This is the last home run of his career.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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