April 23 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, April 23, 2017


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Here are the top 5 moments from April 23 in San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off 1958 home vs Cards, the first walk off in San Francisco history - it's right here, the Giants were 4-3, playing at Seals Stadium, and came into the bottom of the 9th down 7-4.  A two out triple by Cepeda scored Mays and Davenport to cut it to 7-6, and the next batter, Daryl Spencer, hit a 2 run homer off Phil Clark to win the game. 8 days before, Spencer hit the first west coast homer in MLB history, on opening day against Drysdale.

Walk off 1997 home vs Braves, Giants came in 13-4, Braves were 14-4 having beaten us the night before, light Candelstick Park attendance for a midweek day game - bottom of the ninth, 3-3, one out, one on, Bill Mueller singled off of Alan Embree to score Dante Powell. The Giants move to 14-4.  Mueller's another guy who did two Giants stints, he left after the 2000 season but came back for the 2002 stretch.

2008 at San Diego, 1-1 in the 13th, just to get there took a Molina homer in the 9th off Trevor Hoffman - here it was Glendon Rusch giving up a single to Fred Lewis that scored Emmanuel Burriss to put the Giants up 2-1; we'd win the game 3-2.  Lewis was a perfectly acceptable 4th OF type, could hit enough, didn't kill you with the glove, we moved him to the Jays after the '09 season and he never played another big league game after 2012.  Lot of guys like Fred Lewis in MLB history. He got a thousand plate appearances, he was as good as guys who got more, no better than guys who got less.

2015 home vs Dodgers, trailing 1-0 in the 9th, Brandon Crawford triples home Matt Duffy off Pedro Baez to send the game to extra innings

Walk off 2015 home vs Dodgers, same game, 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, 2 on, 2 out - Justin Maxwell is your hero, singling off Juan Nicasio to score Angel Pagan with the winning run.   Maxwell's last ever big league at bat was at the end of August of  this same season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants.

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