May 4 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, May 4, 2017


What is this all about?

I could be wrong, but I think this is the first day that all five moments have come from different decades.  Here are the top 5 moments in San Francisco Giants history from May 4.

1959 at Cincinnati, down 3-2, 2 outs in the 9th inning, bases loaded - Jimmy Davenport doubles everybody home off Bob Purkey, we go up 5-3 and win the game 6-5.  Davenport was a Giant lifer; never played for any other big league club, was with the organization following retirement, spent years as the starting third baseman - and he just didn't have a ton of value other than an ability to stay in the lineup. He had an OPS+ of 74 in '59

Walk off 1964 home vs Houston, we only had 6 hits headed to the bottom of the 12th inning, tied at 2, Chuck Hiller doubles home Matty Alou off of Hal Woodeshick for the game winner.  Hiller had been the starting second baseman the previous two seasons, but his bat couldn't keep him in the lineup, he only had a couple hundred plate appearances in '64 and hit a buck eighty.

Walk off 1997 home vs Reds, down 1-0 in the tenth, the Reds scored on an error in the top half, two out, bases loaded, Glenallen Hill blooped a single to right off of Jeff Brantley to plate two and win the game. Brantley was a Giants farmhand, drafted in '85, up in '88, All Star in '90 and off as a free agent in '93.  He pitched more than double the number of innings in San Francisco as any other stop.

2007 home vs Phillies, Giants down 2-0 in the 7th, 2 out and the bases loaded for Eliezer Alfonzo, who cleared them with a double off Jamie Moyer.  We won the game 6-2. Alfonzo was the Giants starting catcher the year before but only had 67 plate appearances as a backup in '07.

Walk off 2013 home vs Dodgers, we walked off LA with a Posey homer the night before to move to 17-11 on the season, we get them again here.  9-9 with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning - an 0-2 count to, of all people, Guillermo Quiroz who then hit a line drive home run to left field off of Brandon League to send everyone home happy.  Quiroz was near the end of a 10 year big league career when he came to San Francisco in 2013.  He had a total of 16 hits as a Giant, this was the only home run.

See you tomorrow. Go Giants!

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