October 28 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, October 28, 2017


What is this all about?

Here's every October 28 San Francisco Giants game that mattered.

1989 World Series Game 4, I had just turned 29, this was the first Giants World Series of my life time, only the second in San Francisco history, and if there was a way it could have gone worse that is not evident.  Never really in any game, swept 4-0, with a catastrophic earthquake making all of it seem not as important as you'd like it to seem.  I wasn't around for the gut wrenching loss in '62, but I got to sit through this mess.  Again, the A's just rip our starting pitcher, Don Robinson doesn't get out of the second inning, gives up 4 earned, he's followed by Mike LaCoss who gives up 3 earned, The A's take a 7-0 lead and win 9-6.  We lose the World Series. Again.

2010 World Series Game 2 home vs. Rangers, 21 years later we still hadn't won the World Series, having added a 7 game 2002 loss to the sweep in '89 and the 7 game loss in '62. We're here again and up a game, winning game 1 last night. This one is super tight. Scoreless in the second, Cody Ross doubles with one out, but we can't move him across the plate against CJ Wilson. The Rangers get a man in scoring position in the third, but Matt Cain shuts that down.  Wilson and Cain continued to match each other, neither team getting another man in scoring position until the 5th, Ian Kinsler doubled to lead off the inning, but he died at second. We broke through in the bottom half, Edgar Renteria hit a solo run to give us a 1-0 lead. Cain got in real trouble in the 6th, second and third with one out - but Nelson Cruz popped up and Kinsler flew to right and we kept that 1-0 advantage. A leadoff walk to Ross chased Wilson in the 7th, Juan Uribe singled him home off of Darren Oliver, and we led 2-0 with 8 outs to go. Cain left with a man in scoring position in the 8th, but Javier Lopez shut the door on the threat-  and in our half of the inning we sent 11 men to the plate, erupted for 7 runs, and put the game away.  It all happened with 2 out and nobody on, Posey singled and then Ranger pitching walked 4 consecutive Giants to give us a 3-0 lead.  We then got 3 big shots - Renteria's 2 run scoring single, Aaron Rowand's two run scoring triple, Andres Torres doubling home the final run of the game.  We win 9-0 and head to Texas up 2 games to 0.

2012 World Series Game 4 at Detroit, we needed to win 3 straight to beat the Reds in the NLDS, we needed to win 3 straight to beat the Cardinals in the NLCS - but we win the first 3 games of the World Series putting Detroit in a hole from which no team has ever climbed.  Cain for us, Max Scherzer for Detroit. We break through in the second, Hunter Pence doubles, Brandon Belt triples him home. They take the lead in the third on a 2 run Miguel Cabrera homer. We retake the lead in the 6th, Buster Posey hits a 2 run homer off Scherzer and Cain gives it back in the bottom half, Delmon Young homers and it's 3-3.  Scoreless in the 7th,8th,9th.  Top of the 10th, Ryan Theriot led off with a single off Phil Coke and stood at second with two out, with a 3-1 count from Coke, Marco Scutaro singled to center, Theriot scored and we went up 4-3.  Sergio Romo came on and struck out Austin Jackson...then struck out Don Kelly...then, on the 15th pitch of the inning, at approximately ten minutes to midnight Eastern time, he struck out Miguel Cabrera and the San Francisco Giants were Champions of the World.  23 years to the day after we were swept by the A's, the Giants swept the Tigers to win the World Series.

Your 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants.   Flags Fly Forever.
C Buster Posey
1B Brandon Belt
2B Marco Scutaro
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Gregor Blanco
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
IF Joaquin Arias
IF Aubrey Huff
C Hector Sanchez
IF Ryan Theriot
OF Xavier Nady
SP Madison Bumgarner
SP Matt Cain
SP Ryan Vogelsong
SP Barry Zito
P Sergio Romo
P Santiago Casilla
P Jeremy Affeldt
P Javier Lopez
P Tim Lincecum
P George Kontos
P Jose Mijares
P Guillermo Mota

2014 World Series Game 6 we won the final 2 at home to take a 3 games to 2 lead in the World Series, meaning we are one game away from another World Championship.  We do not get it here. The Royals break Jake Peavy in half, 5 earned runs in less than 2 innings, we trail 8-0 after 3 and lose 10-0.  The Royals get 6 doubles, which has to be in shouting distance for most in a World Series game. As did it in 1962 and 2002, this World Series is headed for a Game 7.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants.

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