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Giants End Streak at 33 Games

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Giants End Streak at 33 Games
The Giants ended their 33 game streak of hitting at least one home run when they failed to get an arch against Kansai rivals, the Hanshin Tigers on May 13, 2004.

The Giants hit at least one home run in every game of the season between April 2 through May 12, 2004. This is far and away the longest streak to start a season. 11 players hit 74 home runs during these 33 games for a total distance of 9,080 meters (approximately 5.7 miles). That's higher than Mt. Everest, for comparison. They are on pace to hit 314 home runs over 140 games.

However, they came up two games shy of the Nippon record of 35 consecutive games with a home run set by the 1986 Seibu Lions between August 14 and September 27. Here are the top five home run hitting streaks by team:
    Games Team     Period
    35 Seibu 1986.08.14 - 09.27
    33 Giants 2004.04.02 - 05.12
    24 Seibu 1980.06.30 - 08.12
    24 Hanshin 1985.05.23 - 07.07
    23 Hanshin 1977.06.16 - 07.16
As you can see, it's been almost 20 years since such a long hitting streak has occurred.
Re: Giants End Streak at 33 Games
[ Author: mijow | Posted: May 16, 2004 12:12 AM | HT Fan ]

Of course it would be interesting to do a comparison of the win/loss records of each of these teams during their streaks. I would imagine the 2004 Giants' tally would be relatively woeful.
Abe's Home Run Pace
[ Author: torakichi | Posted: May 16, 2004 12:46 AM | HT Fan ]

Am I right in thinking that Shinnosuke Abe reached 20 HRs quicker than Mark McGuire? I think Abe did it in 33 games.
Re: Abe's Home Run Pace
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: May 16, 2004 10:17 AM | YBS Fan ]

That is correct. Abe hit his 20th in the 33rd game of the season. There's a comparison in Nikkan Sports of others' 20th home runs:

Game Year Total Player
33 2004 ? Abe
38 2001 49 Cabrera
42 2001 73 Bonds
43 1998 70 McGuire
48 1964 55 Oh
60 2001 55 Rhodes
65 2002 55 Cabrera

As you can see from Cabrera's early start in 2001, such a high early pace isn't a guarantee for the record. But it's pretty close judging by the remaining of the sample data.

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