May 20 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, May 20, 2017


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Here are the top 5 May 20 Moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1971 at Cubs, the Giants were 28-11 with an 8.5 game lead coming in but trailed 6-5 in the 9th inning when Willie McCovey hit a 3 run homer off Earl Stephenson.  We held on 8-7. McCovey's peak ended the year before, his aged 30-32 seasons were the best run of his career, but he still had an OPS+ of 149 in '71. This was his 360th career homer.

1977 at Cardinals, we were already 13.5 out and facing a long slog when we were tied with the Cardinals in the 9th inning, 4-4, 2 on, 2 out, Darrell Evans drove them both home with a double off of Al Hrabosky and we'd win 7-5.  It's Evans's first full season in San Francisco, coming over from the Braves during the '76 campaign.  Through 2016 Evans remains the 23rd greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.

1982 home vs Pirates, 4000 paid on a Thursday afternoon at the Stick, tied at 1, 2 on 2 out in the 8th, Joe Morgan singles off Rod Scurry to score both men and 3-1 was the final score.  Having been able to see Joe Morgan in his two seasons in San Francisco is a benefit of my age.  Morgan was good - particularly this season, when he was 37 years old in '82 he was worth 5+ WAR, it was the 12th best season for a second baseman in Giants organizational history.  We dealt him to the Phillies after the season with Al Holland for Mark Davis and Mike Krukow.

2004 at Chicago, 3-3 with 2 outs in the 10th, Neifi Perez hits a 2 run homer off Joe Borowski and we win 5-3.  Perez was awful in his less than 2 years in San Francisco, he had an OPS+ of 48 in '04, we released him in August and he got picked up by these Cubs.

2011 home vs A's, interleague against our crosstown...not really rivals, honestly, more like just neighbors, at least from the Giants perspective...1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, Aubrey Huff singles home Emmanuel Burriss off of Brian Fuentes and 2-1 is the final score.  Huff was 7th in the NL MVP race in 2010 and he never plays another big league game after 2012.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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