July 27 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Here are the top 5 July 27 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1979 at San Diego, we're 8.5 out, 3-3 in the 11th, Jack Clark (who see see over and over again in this countdown) homers off Mark Lee, 4-3 is the final score.  This was Clark's 60th career homer.

Walk off 1990 home vs. Reds, 8.5 behind these first place Reds, 3-3 in the 9th, Bill Bathe singles home Scott Garrelts (running for Gary Carter) off of Randy Myers.  Bathe played in 121 big league baseball games as a backup catcher. We signed him in '89, he was with us for two years, had 20 hits.  This is his last year as a major leaguer.

1992 home vs. Dodgers, 12 games out in what looks like our last season in San Francisco, this big moment happens early, down 1-0 in the 1st Cory Snyder hits a 3 run homer off Tom Candiotti, Bud Black throws a 3 hitter, and we beat LA 5-1.  The Dodgers were 17 out, to that date, '92 was the worst combined Giants/Dodgers season since the move west.  15 year big league career for Black, we got him near the end, we signed him as a free agent before the '91 season, the best of them was actually the first, despite his leading the league in losses with 16.  Black finished 4 replacement level seasons in San Francisco and then moved on to Cleveland, where he pitched in '95 and then retired.

2004 at San Diego, we're headed the wrong way, a month before we were 3 up and now we're 4.5 back in a tie with these Padres, and that's enough to get 40,000 in PetCo on a Tuesday night.  We're up 6-4 in the 9th, they've got the bases loaded with one out, Jay Peyton at the plate against Matt Herges - he gets a 6-4-3 and we win the game.  Herges came over from these Padres a year before for Clay Hensley. He was great, had a 183 ERA+ in 35 IP.  He did not repeat that performance in '04 and we'll give him to Arizona a year at the '05 deadline.

What were our best seasons for relievers this century?  Say a minimum of 50 IP? and a 150 ERA+?

2000: Nen 286 in 66 IP, FRod 162 in 81 IP
'01: FRod 237 in 80 IP
'02: Nen 177 in 73 IP, Worrell 173 in 72 IP, Witasick 164 in 68 IP
'05: Erye 163 in 68 IP
'09: Affeldt 246 in 62 IP, Wilson 156 in 72 IP
'10: Wilson 217 in 74 IP, Casilla 201 in 55 IP, Romo 180 in 62 IP
'12: Romo 198 in 55 IP
'13: Casilla 161 in 50 IP,
'14: Casilla 204 in 58 IP, Affeldt, 152 in 55 IP
'15: Kontos 165 in 73 IP, Strickland 157 in 51 IP
'16: Law 188 in 55 IP, Kontos 158 in 53 IP,

That's probably not quite the 20 best relief pitcher seasons for us this century given the artificial data parameters, but it's close.

2010 home vs Marlins, it's game 101 and we're in it, we were 7.5 out on the 4th of July but are now 3.5 back coming into this one.  3-3 in the bottom of the 8th, Juan Uribe homers off of Brian Sanches and we go on to win it 6-4.  It's Uribe's 143rd career homer, his 30th as a Giant, he's got 8 more regular season Giants homers to hit.  Uribe hit 9 homers against us, 3 with the Rockies early in his career (the first was off Rueter 8 days before 9/11) 4 with the Dodgers in 2013-14 and then 2 with the Braves in 2015.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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