The Giants’ recent 19-3 pounding of the Dodgers wasn’t the first time that the 19-run mark had been reached in the rivalry. The Giants reached that total in San Francisco on April 16, 1962, in a 19-8 win. The Giants led 19-3 after eight but the Dodgers scored five in the ninth. The Giants had just 10 hits, but the Dodgers walked 10. Billy O’Dell went the distance, firing a 15-hitter. The Dodgers got their revenge eight years later, clobbering the Giants 19-3 on May 26, 1970. The Dodgers had 20 hits. Fortunately for the Giants, this was a down period for them and the rivalry, as only 7,428 were at Candlestick to witness the beating.
Neither team’s offensive outburst could top what the New York Giants did against the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 30, 1944, at the Polo Grounds. A combination of 18 hits and 17 walks resulted in a 26-8 Giants victory. Giants first baseman Phil Weintraub drove in 11 runs, Dodgers reliever Tommy Warren finished out the game, allowing 15 runs and 13 hits in five innings. Talk about taking one for the team.