Bonds Overpowers Cinergy: On this date in 1997, Barry Bonds drove in the go-ahead run with a solo shot – his sixth of the season, off former San Francisco Giants pitcher Mike Remlinger – as the red-hot Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in 10 innings at Cinergy Field. Two runs in the tenth made a winner out of Rod Beck, who had blown a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth by allowing a solo home run to another former Giant (and 49er), Deion Sanders.
North from the Northwest: Happy birthday to former Giants speedster Billy North, born on this date back in 1971, in Seattle, WA. North spent his final three Major League seasons as a Giant, and complied 129 steals in that short period, including a career-high 58 swipes in 1979.
Big 58 for Big Daddy: Cheers to the one, the only – “Big Daddy” Rick Reuschel, who was born on this date back in 1949, in Quincy, IL. He was a Giant in every sense of the word for his last 4+ Major League seasons, including 17 wins as a 40-year old during the Giants’ magical pennant-winning run in 1989.
One-Hit Daddy: Speaking of Reuschel, he and current Reds broadcaster Jeff Brantley combined to one-hit the Philadelphia Phillies on this date back in 1989 at Veteran’s Stadium in a 6-0 Giants victory. Phillies second baseman Tommy Herr’s single in the seventh (he was subsequently out trying to turn it into a double) and Von Hayes’ walk with one out in the eighth was all that Reuschel gave up.
One-Hit Schmidt: Speaking of one-hitters, in what was perhaps one of the most dominating pitching performances in years, Jason Schmidt one-hit the Chicago Cubs on this date in 2004 at Wrigley Field, with the one hit being an infield hit by Cubs catcher Michael Barrett in the fifth inning. Schmidt walked one and struck out 13 with 144 pitches, and the Giants needed every one of those blank frames, as they won the ballgame 1-0. The lone run was scored in the top of the fourth, when a two-out single by Pedro Feliz drove in Barry Bonds, who had walked to lead off the inning.
Three More for Bonds: At a soggy Turner Field on this date in 2001, the Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3. Half of the Giants runs came as a result of Barry Bonds’ three solo home runs, which at the time moved him into thirteenth place for most career home runs.
But Wait, There’s More: The very next day in 2001, Bonds hit two more home runs in an 11-6 Giants loss in Atlanta. These two ballgames saw Bonds hit home runs in four consecutive plate appearances and five home runs overall (the latter tied a record for a two-game stretch).
Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black.
Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he
decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he
dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the
’02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn’t finish his meal
afterwards. Feel free to write him at email@example.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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