April 16- Top Five Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, April 16, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 moments on April 16 in San Francisco Giants history.

1970 at Houston, top 9th, tied at 9, Willie McCovey hits a two run homer off Jack DiLauro - we finish them off in the bottom to win 11-9.  '70 was McCovey's age 32 season and the end of the 3 year stretch that is obviously the heart of his prime, Most of his career best offensive numbers were the year before, 1970 was his second best OPS+ season, top season in walks, third in homers, tied for second in RBI. McCovey hit 39 homers in 1970 and never reached 30 again.

1996 home vs Dodgers, 7th inning, down 3-0, two on against Tom Candiotti, Mark Carreon clears the bases with a triple that cuts the lead to 3-2.  Steve Scarsone hit next, he doubled Carreon home to tie the game and would eventually score on a sac fly.  Tack on a Bonds homer in the 8th and we win 5-3.  Carreon (who sort of looks like Michael Pena, right?) was a pretty good bat, 117 OPS+ in over a thousand Giants plate appearances.  This was his last season in the bigs, the Giants moved him to Cleveland for Jim Poole before the deadline and he was in Japan in '97.

1997 at Philadelphia, 8th inning, Giants down 4-2 with a man on and 2 out - Glenallen Hill hits a game tying homer off Ricky Bottalico, his second homer of the game. The Giants would win 6-5 in the 10th (where we scored twice without getting a hit) to move to 10-3 on the young season.

2011 at Arizona, 7th inning, tied at 3, bases loaded, two out, Freddy Sanchez singled off Sam Demel to score DeRosa and Belt, that 5-3 lead held up as the final score.  An inning before, a Sanchez double had tied the game.

2016 at Dodgers, up 4-3 with 2 outs in the 9th, tying run on third, Santiago Casilla gets Yasiel Puig to fly out to the left field track and we win the game.  This turned out to be Casilla's last season as a Giant, he left as one of the 50 best San Francisco Giants ever.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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