Great Game Fives in Giants History - 1989 NLCS
Cody Ross is swinging a hot bat right now, but in 1989, Will Clark swung a bat that might as well have come from the surface of the sun. He went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs in Game One, cooled off to only 1-for-4 with a walk in Game Two, then went 5-for-8 in the next two Giants wins.
Mike Bielecki struck out Clark in the first inning of Game Five, but Clark was a nightmare after that. He singled in the fourth inning, then tripled and scored in the seventh, right after I got home from school with a very convenient stomach ailment.
The game was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the eighth, and Mike Bielecki retired the first two hitters. Pinch-hitter Candy Maldonado had a clutch ten-pitch walk, followed by a seven-pitch walk to Brett Butler. Despite the fact that Clark was on deck, and currently hitting like the son of Zeus, Bielecki faltered and walked Robby Thompson on four pitches. The Cubs summoned Mitch Williams from the bullpen, Clark lined a 1-2 pitch into center, and the Giants were heading to the World Series.
As Phillies fans can attest, Williams was never the same after that. The Giants were swept in a World Series known more for the Loma Prieta earthquake than the baseball, though I contend that the 7.1 quake was merely an aftershock from Clark’s game-winning liner.