Though the Giants haven’t been known for power hitting in recent years, they produced home run highlights early in this decade that would make their slugging predecessors proud.
Here’s a ranking of the top 10 homers San Francisco hit during the 2010s:
1. Renteria seizes his chance
Nov. 1, 2010
Shortstop Edgar Renteria concluded his second Major League season in 1997 by slapping a World Series-winning RBI single off Cleveland’s Charles Nagy in the 11th inning of Game 7. Cut to 2010 and the seventh inning of World Series Game 5: Renteria belted a homer off Cliff Lee to account for the Giants’ scoring in their Series-clinching, 3-1 victory at Texas. It was the Giants’ first World Series championship since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958.
2. The shot heard ’round the Bay
Oct. 16, 2014
It was the closest thing to a Bobby Thomson moment that contemporary Giants fans have experienced. With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the score tied, 3-3, Travis Ishikawa drove a Michael Wacha fastball into the right-field seats at AT&T (now Oracle) Park to seal the Giants’ 6-3 victory over St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The decision sent the Giants into the World Series against Kansas City.
3. Uribe sends Giants to Series
Oct. 23, 2010
Locked in a competitive NLCS, the Giants and Phillies were tied, 2-2, entering the eighth inning of Game 6 when Juan Uribe, facing Ryan Madson, smacked an opposite-field line drive to right that barely cleared the wall. Most folks forget that Uribe hit a personal-best 24 home runs that season. The Giants held on to win, 3-2, and advance to the World Series.
4. Morse flexes muscles just in time
Oct. 16, 2014
Michael Morse may have been the club’s purest power hitter in 2014, but an oblique injury limited his playing time. Fortunately for the Giants, Morse was whole enough to unleash a good swing or two every so often. He couldn’t have picked a better spot for this one. The Cardinals led Game 5 of the NLCS, 3-2, and appeared bound to bring the series back to St. Louis. Morse wrested momentum from the Cardinals by pinch-hitting for Madison Bumgarner to lead off the Giants’ half of the eighth and pulling Pat Neshek’s third pitch into the left-field seats. That forged a tie and set up Ishikawa’s pennant-winning clout.
5. Sandoval assembles a trio
Oct. 24, 2012
Impervious to intimidation, Pablo Sandoval treated Justin Verlander as few others treated the Detroit ace. Sandoval tied a World Series record shared by Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols by homering three times -- twice off Verlander -- in the same game, which in this case was an 8-3 Giants victory in the opener of the 2012 World Series.
6. Posey puts Reds in their place
Oct. 11, 2012
The scene was the fifth inning of Game 5 of the Division Series at Cincinnati. The Giants were trying to secure their third consecutive elimination-game victory at Great American Ball Park, where the Reds hadn’t lost three in a row all season. Buster Posey demonstrated why he earned NL Most Valuable Player honors that year by reaching the upper deck with a grand slam off Mat Latos. That punctuated a six-run uprising that propelled the Giants to a series-ending, 6-4 triumph.
7. Belt ends marvelous marathon
Oct. 4, 2014
With an 18th-inning home run off Washington’s Tanner Roark, Brandon Belt broke a 1-1 stalemate in the longest postseason game ever, in terms of time (six hours, 23 minutes). The Giants’ 2-1 win at Washington gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five NLDS.
8. Ross is boss
Oct. 16, 2010
Late-season acquisition Cody Ross homered in the third and fifth innings off Phillies ace Roy Halladay to help the Giants win the NLCS opener, 4-3. Relatively new to the postseason scene, the Giants needed a superlative effort from somebody like Ross to fuel their confidence.
9. Crawford likes being dealt Wild Card
Oct. 1, 2014
Shortstop Brandon Crawford silenced a raucous Pittsburgh crowd with a fourth-inning grand slam off Edinson Vólquez to back Bumgarner’s four-hit, complete-game effort in an 8-0 decision in the NL Wild Card Game. Crawford joined Chuck Hiller (1962 World Series), Will Clark (1989 NLCS) and Posey (2012 NLDS) as the only Giants to hit a grand slam in a postseason game.
10. Pat the Bat dazzles Dodgers
July 31, 2010
Through seven innings, the partisan crowd that filled AT&T Park awaited some sign of life from the Giants, who trailed 1-0 and had mustered three hits off Chad Billingsley and Hung-Chih Kuo. With two outs in the eighth, Kuo hit Posey with a pitch, prompting the Dodgers to summon closer Jonathan Broxton with Pat Burrell due up. Burrell had gone 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but he connected solidly with Broxton’s 3-2 pitch and drove it over the left-center-field barrier as the fans shrieked with joy.