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Friday BP: The Giants put a beatdown on the Dodgers 18 years ago today

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A look back at a dominant performance

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The 2002 San Francisco Giants season started off perfectly after narrowly missing the postseason one year earlier.

Coming off of a record setting 73 home run season, Barry Bonds went deep twice on Opening Day, leading the Giants to a 9-2 win at Dodger Stadium.

Then, on April 3, 2002, Bonds came back and smacked the Dodgers around again.

The outfielder didn’t waste any time. With two men on, he smashed a Hideo Nomo pitch over the right field wall, putting the Giants up 3-0 in the first inning.

San Francisco chased Nomo after three innings, who was replaced by Terry Mulholland in the fourth.

It didn’t go well for him.

Bonds hit a lead-off home run off Mulholland, Benito Santiago and pitcher Russ Ortiz also went deep off the lefty, capping off a huge six-run inning for the Giants.

San Francisco added two more in the fifth inning, en route to a 12-0 beatdown against its heated rival.

Bonds finished the game 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI. Ortiz had a great outing as well, giving up just three hits over seven innings to get the win.

It’s always good when you can start off the season by sweeping the Dodgers.


Here are some links to help you get your Giants fix,

Giants GM Scott Harris explains how he envisions outfield this season (NBC Bay Area)

Giants’ Larry Baer announces team will give additional $700k to stadium workers (Bleacher Report)

Giants opened their ballpark 20 years ago with to a thud. Then the party started (SF Chronicle)

Ranking MLB’s greatest double-play duos of the last 20 years (Bleacher Report)