Shake, Rattle, and Roll the Expos: Perhaps aided by a 4.8 earthquake during the third inning of a game against the Montreal Expos at Candlestick Park on this date in 1996, the San Francisco Giants awoke from a 5-1 deficit to score seven unanswered runs in an 8-5 victory. Matt Williams’ three-run shot off of future Giant Jeff Fassero tied the game in the fifth inning, and an RBI single by Robby Thompson in the following inning put the team up for good.
Pagan Banished for a Duck: The Giants traded away their starting shortstop, Jose Pagan, on this date to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for shortstop Dick “Ducky” Schofield. The trade mostly backfired for the Giants, as the weak-hitting Schofield was sold to the New York Yankees early the following season, and Pagan spent the next eight years with the Pirates.
The Man Who Would be King of the Giants: Happy birthday to former Giants manager Clyde King, born on this date back in 1924, in Goldsboro, NC. King took over the ballclub after Herman Franks quit after the 1968 seasons, and led the Giants to two winning seasons in 1969 and 1970.
Exposing the Expos: The Giants recorded their largest shutout win of the modern era on this date in 2000, as they tattooed the Montreal Expos 18-0 at Pac Bell Park. Shawn Estes went the distance for the win, striking out seven -- and even went 2-for-5 at the plate with a grand slam and five RBIs.
This Kid’s a Hall of Famer? Really???: Willie Mays made his Major League debut on this date in 1951 at Shibe Park. The Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5, but Mays went 0-for-5, with his first-ever at-bat resulting in a strikeout. Subsequent history indicates that the Say Hey Kid recovered quite nicely, however.
A 14-Inning Shutout Performance: In one of his most legendary pitching performances, Juan Marichal kept the Phillies scoreless for fourteen innings in a nail biter until the Giants scored in the bottom of the inning for a 1-0 victory on this date in 1966 at Candlestick Park. Marichal allowed just six hits and one walk while striking out 10 Phillies and improved to 9-0 on the season; he would finish the season 25-6 with a 2.23 ERA. Phillies starter and current Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning matched him for 11 innings.
12k for the Franchise: In his magical 2001 season, Barry Bonds hit his 26th home run of the season on this date against Denny Neagle as the Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-4 at Pac Bell Park. Bonds’ shot was the 12,000th home run in franchise history. Armando Rios and Rich Aurilia added to this total with solo shots later in the game.
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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