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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 13 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History


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Here are the top 5 June 13 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1959 at Philadelphia, we're a game out, up 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, the Phillies put the first two on, but Johnny Antonelli gets Wally Post in a line drive 4-6 double play, he strikes out the next batter and we take the game.  Antonelli came over with the club from New York (we traded Bobby Thomson for him) he finished third in the MVP race in '54, 21-7, ERA+ of 178 and won two games in the World Series, through 2016 thats the 30th best year for a pitcher in franchise history.  He had a good year in '59, 19 wins, a 123 ERA+, and then after next season he'd be gone, moved with Willie Kirkland to Cleveland for Harvey Kuenn. Antonelli never enjoyed playing in San Francisco, particularly in Seals Stadium, and was getting booed by the fans by year's end.

1961 home vs. Dodgers, we're 2 games off the lead, right behind LA, both of us chasing the Reds, down 3-2 with one out and one on in the 7th, Willie Mays hits a 2 run homer off of Stan Williams, that holds up, we win 4-3.  It's #291 for Mays.

Walk off 1963 home vs. Cubs, 60 games into the season in a flat tie for first place in the National League, bottom of the 10th, 1-1, Willie Mays hits the game winning homer off of Dick Ellsworth.  It's homer #380 for Mays, his third career walk off - the first two were also in extra innings.  It's the 17th walk off home run in San Francisco history.

1967 at Houston, down 5 in the NL standings, 2-2 with 2 out in the tenth, Willie Mays hits a grand slam off of Barry Latman, 6-2 is the final score.  Mays hit 8 grand slams in his career, this is his 7th, the only one in extra innings.  June 13 meant a lot of Wilie Mays.

1986 at Houston, 2nd place Giants are 3 behind the first place Astros after losing the first game of the series the night before, the Astros only had 3 hits, but still led 1-0 coming to the 9th inning (it was a Mike Scott game) with 2 on and 1 out Dave Smith came on to face Chili Davis, he hit a 3 run homer and we won the game 3-1.  Chili hit 350 homers in his career, this was his 70th.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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