April 12- Top Five Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


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Here are the top 5 moments on April 12 in San Francisco Giants history.

1959 at Cardinals, 9th inning, 3-3, two out, Orlando Cepeda triples off Vinegar Bend Mizell, Jimmy Davenport scores all the way from first and we go on to win 6-3.  Cepeda didn't have a sub 100 OPS+ until he was 37 years old and finishing up his career as a Royal.

1981: home vs Padres, down 6-5 in the 9th, Darrell Evans hits a game tying homer off Gary Lucas. Darrell Evans was terrific, underrated by the standards of his time, he should be considered a borderline Hall of Famer.  121 OPS+ here in '81, We didn't do a lot right in the mid/late 70s but getting him for Willie Montanez in '76 was good stuff.

Walk off: 1981 home vs. Padres, fast forward 5 innings, it's still 6-6, Gary Lucas is still in the game and he gives up the walk off single to Mike Ivie, scoring Larry Herndon with the winning run. Ivie gets traded 8 days later to Houston for Dave Bergman and....Jeff Leonard.

Walk off 1993 home vs. Marlins, 3-3, bottom of the 11th, Darren Lewis singled home Mike Benjamin off of Joe Klink to get one for the faithful.  D-Lew was not a good bat, career OPS+ of 73, it was 71 in '93, and the Giants loved to just keep giving him at bat after at bat.

Walk off 1998 home vs. Cards Bill Mueller draws a two out bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th to win the game 2-1.  A literal walk off.  Mueller would fit right in with the high contact Giants of the 2010s, the Belts/Paniks/Duffys - his OBP in '98 was .383.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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