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The Top 10 Giants moments of 2019

@mi_guardado
November 11, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants fell short of their goal to secure a playoff berth in 2019, but they still managed to provide several highlights over the course of the regular season. Here’s a look back at the Giants’ top 10 moments of the year: 1. Solano’s walk-off knock extends

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants fell short of their goal to secure a playoff berth in 2019, but they still managed to provide several highlights over the course of the regular season. Here’s a look back at the Giants’ top 10 moments of the year:

1. Solano’s walk-off knock extends July surge
July 18 vs. Mets
Left-hander Madison Bumgarner delivered a vintage performance, allowing only one run over nine innings, but he came away with a no-decision after the game went into extra innings. Still, the Giants rewarded his effort with a dramatic 3-2 win over the Mets in 16 innings. Pete Alonso homered to give the Mets the lead in the top of the 16th, but Donovan Solano responded with a walk-off single that capped the Giants’ rally in the bottom half of the inning and extended the club’s winning streak to six games.

2. Pillar snaps Giants’ grand-slam drought
April 8 vs. Padres
Acquired from the Blue Jays on April 2, Kevin Pillar quickly endeared himself to the Giants by crushing their first grand slam since April 8, 2017, during a 6-5 loss. San Francisco was the only team in the Majors not to hit one in 2018.

3. Three rookies combine for four-hit shutout
Sept. 13 vs. Marlins
Tyler Beede was brilliant over 6 1/3 innings, allowing only three hits while walking one and striking out five. Two fellow rookies, Tyler Rogers and Shaun Anderson, recorded the final eight outs to seal the Giants’ 1-0 win.

4. Belt breaks out with grand slam
Aug. 17 vs. D-backs
Mired in a deep slump heading into this series, Brandon Belt was dropped out of the leadoff spot and immediately took to the change of scenery, crushing his second career grand slam and driving in six runs to help lead the Giants to an 11-6 win at Chase Field.

5. Posey’s slam caps comeback win
July 12 vs. Brewers
All-Star closer Will Smith blew his first save of the season after Christian Yelich tripled and scored in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, but the Giants staged the decisive rally in the 10th after Buster Posey launched a tiebreaking grand slam off Matt Albers to lift San Francisco to a 10-7 win. It was Posey’s first grand slam since June 24, 2015.

6. Slater delivers timely pinch-hit grand slam
July 6 vs. Cardinals
Austin Slater couldn’t have picked a better time to produce his first career grand slam. Slater came off the bench to face Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas with the bases loaded and the game tied in the fourth inning and drove a slider to the opposite field to help power the Giants to an 8-4 win.

7. Dickerson’s memorable Giants debut
June 21 vs. D-backs
A little more than 10 hours after earning a promotion from Triple-A Sacramento, Alex Dickerson authored one of the best debuts in Giants history, launching a grand slam and collecting a career-high six RBIs in an 11-5 win over the D-backs. Dickerson became only the third player to hit a slam in his San Francisco debut, joining Bobby Bonds and Brandon Crawford.

8. Sandoval crushes walk-off homer
July 24 vs. Cubs
Pablo Sandoval committed a throwing error and hit into two double plays before redeeming himself in the bottom of the 13th inning, when he hammered his fourth career walk-off home run to lift the Giants to a 5-4 over the Cubs. It marked the Giants’ 17th victory in 20 games and their fourth walk-off win in six days.

9. Giants walk off on Smith’s misplay
July 19 vs. Mets
Everything seemed to break right for the Giants during their torrid July stretch, as was evidenced by this strange 1-0 win over the Mets. With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Sandoval lifted a routine fly ball that was dropped by Mets left fielder Dominic Smith, allowing Dickerson to score the game-winning run from first base.

10. Panik plays role of hero
May 21 vs. Braves
The Giants entered the bottom of the ninth inning trailing by two, but they rallied to score three runs and stun the Braves in a 4-3 win at Oracle Park. Joe Panik delivered the knockout blow with a two-out, two-run single off Atlanta closer Luke Jackson for his second career walk-off hit.

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.