36: [1988, 83-79, 4th NL West]
Humm Baby, Let’s Do It Again!
Despite the heartbreaking end to 1987, the Giants were extremely optimistic heading in 1988. Why not? They had just reached the playoffs and got to within a game of the World Series just two years after a 100-loss season. However, they were determined to get over the painful end to the year prior.
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The Giants played .500 ball throughout the first half of the season, but considering that they were two games under .500 on Aug. 5, the year prior, it wasn’t too disconcerting.
The team still had an incredible amount of fight in them, and the pain of their heartbreaking loss to the Cardinals in the NLCS in 1987 was still there.
That pain was exhibited on July 24 in St. Louis, when Will Clark slid hard into Cardinals second-baseman Jose Oquendo, which led to a brawl.
The Giants began to play better ball, and they remained in the pennant race. On Aug. 22, they were 68-57, but they were four and a half games behind the surprising Dodgers. Unfortunately, the next night began a devastating 2-12 stretch that knocked them right out of contention and pretty much ended their season.
The Giants ended up going 83-79 in what turned out to be a very disappointing season. However, the next season would be very magical.