1/2 Season Review: The Best Games

This post, along with its brother (the worst games), serves as a recap of the best Giants games of the year so far at this halfway point. Please feel free to read up, look at the box scores, and vote copiously for the game you feel was the best so far.

April 7th, 2009 (Opening Day) – Giants 10, Brewers 6 – Travis Ishikawa hit a 3-run triple, and Randy Winn, Bengie Molina, and Aaron Rowand all homered. Only bad part was Lincecum staying in for only 3 innings. Notable: one of only four games this year where the Giants have been able to score 10 or more runs.

April 17th, 2009 – Giants 2, D-Backs 0 – Jonathan Sanchez actually pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball, Andres Torres hit "the world’s fastest home run," and the Giants pulled themselves out of their season-opening 2-7 slide.

April 19th, 2009 – Giants 2, D-Backs 0 – Randy Johnson, Bob Howry, and Brian Wilson combined on a 1-hit shutout. Pablo "Sanchez" Sandoval went 3-4 and Fred Lewis was still hitting .395.

May 12th, 2009 – Giants 9, Nationals 7 – Pablo Sandoval hit a walk-off 3-run HR on a 2-2 pitch with two outs, complete with iconic bat-flip, and the Giants scored 7 of their 9 runs with two outs.

June 4th, 2009 – Giants 5, Nationals 1 – Randy Johnson won his 300th game, and Brian Wilson struck out 4 Nats for all of his 4 outs, preserving what was once a close 2-1 game.

June 12th, 2009 – Giants 3, Athletics 0 – Tim Lincecum pitched a complete game shutout and the offense was good enough.

June 23rd, 2009 – Giants 4, Athletics 1 – Timmy pitches another complete game and strikes out 12 A’s, Nate Schierholtz rips three hits.

June 29th, 2009 – Giants 10, Cardinals 0 – Some guy named Tim Lincecum pitches a complete-game 2-hit shutout, and the Giants offense explodes, touching a mysterious white pentagon many times.

First two games of the Astros series, July 3-4th, 2009 - Giants 22, Astros 0 - Tim Lincecum and Ryan Sadowski combine for 14 shutout innings, the Giants offense becomes suddenly potent, as Pablo Sandoval and Travis Ishikawa each go yard and 27 hits are produced, and the Astros sputter in every possible way, creating a perfect storm of delicious baseball.



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