August 7 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, August 7, 2017

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Here are the top 5 August 7 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1966 at Cubs, it's game 112, we're trying to avoid getting swept at Wrigley, 17 over .500 and one game off the lead. we're down 2-0 with 2 out in the 3rd, Willie Mays hits a 3 run homer off of Ken Holtzman, we win this one 9-6. It's homer #530 for Mays, 130 still to go.  Mays hit 54 homers at Wrigley.  This is one of 253 go ahead homers Mays hit in his career.

1968 home vs. Phillies, we're 15 out, 3-3 in the 8th, Willie McCovey leads off with a homer off of Dick Hall and that turns out to be the game winner.  This was McCovey's second homer of the game, #259-60 for his career, another 260 still to go. McCovey had 44 multihomer games in his career.  This is one of McCovey's 189 go ahead homers.

1996 home vs. Reds, we're 13 out, we've dropped 4 off the lead since the 28th and are now probably playing out the string. Mark Gardner throws a complete game, gives up 7 hits, the big blow coming at 2-2 in the 3rd, Rick Wilkins singled home the go ahead run off of Keith Jarvis.  We win it 9-2. Gardner was taken in the 8th round of the '85 draft by the Expos (we took Trevor Wilson six spots prior) out of Fresno St, Gardner's in the minors until age 27, but a year later, in 1990, he's in the Expos rotation. From Montreal he goes to Kansas City, from Kansas City to Florida.  This is his first year in San Francisco, where he spends the rest of his career and, as of 2017, is currently a coach. Gardner was serviceable as a back of the rotation starter, career Giants ERA+ of 88 in in just under a thousand innings pitched, most of them in the rotation.  Gardner finished up after the '01 season.

2001 at Cincinnati, on July 25 we were 6.5 games back, but now only one game separates us from first place as we open a series in Cincinnati (and we have a half game WC deficit) it's 3-3 in the 11th inning when Barry Bonds homers off of Danny Graves.  We win it 9-3.  Homer #542 for Bonds, and in this record breaking season, homer #48 on the year. (6 years later on this same date Bonds broke Aaron's career record) Here are all 73 victims.

1. Woody Williams
2. Adam Eaton
3. Jamey Wright
4. Jimmy Haynes
5. David Weathers
6. Terry Adams
7. Chan Ho Park
8. Jimmy Haynes Again
9. Jim Brower
10. Scott Sullivan
11. Manny Aybar
12. Todd Ritchie
13. Jimmy Anderson
14. Bruce Chen
15 Steve Trachsel
16. Chuck Smith
17. He Pitched 8 Games as a Giant 10 Years Prior, Mike Remlinger
18. Odalis Perez
19. Jose Cabrera
20. Jason Marquis
21. Giant for the First 6 Seasons of His Career and Former Bonds Teammate John Burkett
22. Mike Remlinger Again
23. Cowardly Grifter Curt Schilling
24. Russ Springer
25. John Thomson
26. His Old Pirate Teammate Denny Neagle
27. Robert Ellis
28. 4 Innings Later Robert Ellis
29. Shawn Chacon
30. Bobby Jones
31. I Do Not Remember Wascar Serrano
32. Brian Lawrence
33. He Pitched a Total of 11 Games for the Giants in 2 Separate Stints Pat Rapp
34. Lou Pote
35. Mark Mulder
36. 5 Innings Later Mark Mulder
37. Not the Outfielder Adam Eaton
38. Rodney Myers
39. The Late Darryl Kile
40. Paul Abbott
41. Mike Hampton
42. Only One Inning Later Mike Hampton
43. Professional Bigot Curt Schilling
44. Screw You One Inning Later Curt Schilling
45. Brian Anderson
46. Joe Beimel
47. Nelson Figueroa
48. The One on August 7 Against Danny Graves
49. Scott Winchester
50. I Just Remembered Wascar Serrano But He's Not the One Who Gave Up This Homer, That Would Have Been Joe Borowski
51. Ricky Bones
52. AJ Burnett
53. Vic Darensbourg
54. Jason Marquis
55. Graeme Lloyd
56. Kevin Appier
57. John Thomson Again
58. Jason Jennings
59. Miguel Batista
60. Albie Lopez
61. Scott Elarton, 488 Feet, Barry's Longest of the Season
62. 4 Innings Later Scott Elarton
63. Todd Belitz
64. Wade Miller
65. Jason Middlebrook
66. 2 Innings Later Jason Middlebrook
67. Not that James Baldwin
68. Jason Middlebrook Should Have Seen this Coming
69. Chuck McElroy
70. Wilfredo Rodriguez
71. Chan Ho Park
72. 2 Innings Later Chan Ho Park
73. Dennis Springer

2012 at St Louis, it's game 110 on the season and we're 1/2 up in the West, up 4-2 in the 9th, one on, nobody out, Matt Carpenter goes 1-6-3 against Jeremy Affeldt and we're gonna win it 4-2. The 33 year old lefty Affeldt is in the middle of a 7 year 122 ERA+ Giants run.  63 Innings Pitched in '12, his biggest workload since '08 as a Red.

See you tomorrow. Go Giants!

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