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Monday BP, 7/9/18

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Big day today. Biiiiiig day.

St. Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Today is the 30th anniversary of the time the Giants demolished the St. Louis Cardinals 21-2 at Candlestick Park. 38-year-old Chris Speier started that day to give Robby Thompson a day off and wound up hitting for the cycle.

I remember this game pretty well because it was, for some reason, a game I had recorded on my cassette player, and I distinctly remember not being able to comprehend that a professional team had scored 21 runs in a game.

Here’s the box score: https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/SFN/SFN198807090.shtml

Here’s a retrosheet review of the game by a Cardinals site: https://retrosimba.com/2013/07/06/how-giants-beat-john-tudor-cardinals-21-2/

Here’s the New York Times’ coverage of the game: https://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/10/sports/baseball-national-league-cardinals-bombarded-by-giants-21-2.html

And here’s an interesting Seattle Times article about how this game was part of a 9-game stretch where Giants starting pitching allowed 2 runs or fewer. It was later matched by the 2011 Mariners: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/hotstoneleague/2011/05/23/remembering_the_1988_giants_la/

Anyway, the Cardinals just left, and they and the Giants combined for 21 runs in yesterday’s game, so, there’s that.