June 30 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, June 30, 2017

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Here are the top 5 June 30 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

1982 home vs. Reds, we're 11.5 out of first as June ends but looking for a 3 game sweep of the Reds, 4300 paid for this four hour weekday night game at the Stick - number of actual bodies in attendance at game's end you'd readily be able to count.  We were down 6-5 in the ninth with 2 out when Milt May tied the game with a run scoring double off of Jim Kern.  We signed May before the '80 season and made him our starting catcher and he was good, had a 118 OPS+ in '81, this is his last season as the primary catcher, when Brenly takes over in '83 we'll trade him to the Pirates, where he began his career.

Walk off 1982 home vs. Reds, same game, 6-6 with 2 out in the 12th, Duane Kuiper at the plate - Johnnie LeMaster scores the winning run on a Charlie Liebrandt wild pitch.  It's Kuiper's first year with the Giants and the best year with the bat of his career with a 101 OPS+.  We got Kuiper from the Indians in the offseason for Ed Whitson, he was a backup second baseman until '85 when he played just 9 games.  Through the 2016 season, Kuiper remains an iconic Giants broadcaster.

1991 at San Diego, we're a dozen out and playing a 3 and a half hour game at Jack Murphy, we get them in 10, Will Clark breaks a 7-7 tie with a single off Craig Lefferts to score Willie McGee with what turns out to be the winning run.  Will led all of baseball with 303 total bases in '91 and finished 4th in the MVP race.  It's his 3rd best Giants season.

Walk off 1995 home vs Padres, we're 2.5 out, we walked off the Rockies in our previous game, down 6-4 with an out in the 9th - Barry Bonds hits a 3 run homer off Trevor Hoffman to send everyone home.  Barry's second homer of the game, he went 4-5. Barry had a 1.069 lifetime OPS in 24 plate appearances against Hoffman this is one of the 2 homers he hit against him.  10 career walk off homers for Bonds, this is his third - and his first one as a Giant. It's also his only career walk off when his club was behind by more than 1 run, in fact, this is his only Giants walk off homer with the team behind.  There you go.

1997 at Seattle, this is game 81, at the midpoint of the season and we've got a 4.5 game lead, the Mariners also came into this one in first, up 5.5 in the AL West - over 40,000 paid for a Monday night showdown in the Kingdome, 6-6 in the 10th, Glenallen Hill singles home Jeff Kent off of Bobby Ayala, we'd win the game 8-6.  Hill had a 91 OPS+ in '91, other than '93 that's the worst full season mark of his career.  He's going to join these Mariners in '98.

See you tomorrow. Go Giants!

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