The Giants go ape on the Braves in SP78’s first 20-run game of the season, a 23-2 massacre I played at site SNB, the apartment I shared with my brother in San Bernardino, California. For seven innings the game’s run production played out normally, with Jack Clark’s 3-run home run in the first and a pair of RBI hits by Willie McCovey and Darrell Evans giving the Giants a 5-2 lead. But things fell horrifically apart for the Braves pitching staff in the final two frames, as Atlanta starter Tommy Boggs and four relievers surrendered a total of 18 runs – 11 in the eighth and 7 more in the ninth – to give San Francisco a 21-run advantage entering the final half-inning.
Giants outfielder Jack Clark established an SP78 record – since tied by four others – with a 6-hit night (three singles, two doubles, and a home run, his 2nd of the year), while Larry Herndon and Marc Hill contributed to their team’s 25 total hits with three safeties apiece. And strangely enough, the record-setting run total would be tied by the Pirates in another 23-2 game, played in July against the Cardinals.