Friday, April 14, 2017
What is this all about?
Here are the top 5 moments on April 14 in San Francisco Giants history.
1970 at Atlanta, a wild one, the Braves scored 8 in the second - here, it's the 9th, 11-11 after a McCovey homer tied in the game an inning earlier, bases loaded, Ken Henderson hits a grand slam off of Milt Pappas for the final margin of a 15-11 win. A 4-4 day for Henderson in his best offensive season as a Giant, with a 130 OPS+
Walk off: 1971 home vs Astros, 1-1, two out in the 11th, Tito Fuentes singles off George Culver to score Frank Johnson with the winning run. In 13 seasons Fuentes only broke 100 OPS+ once, this was not that year. In 672 plate appearances he only walked 18 times.
1978 at Padres, 9th inning, down 2-1, Jack Clark doubles off Rollie Fingers, scoring Skip James - the Giants go on to win 3-2. This was the 22 year old Clark's breakout year, he slugged .537 with an OPS+ of 152 and finished 5th in the NL MVP Award.
1997 at Mets, 8th inning, down 2-1, Jeff Kent hits a 2 run homer off Greg McMichael to give us the final margin of a 3-2 win. This was Kent's third home run as a Giant. He'd hit 172 more.
2013 at Cubs, 9th inning, down 7-6, Hunter Pence ties the game with a 2 out, 2 strike homer off Shawn Camp. We go onto win it 10-7. This is Pence's first full season as a Giant and remains his best with the bat, he had a 133 OPS+.
See you tomorrow. Go Giants!