PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports Bay Area is looking back at the Giants' 60 Memorable Moments since the franchise moved from New York to San Francisco. Tune into Giants Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m. to see the next two moments you can vote on! Then, after the Giants and Astros conclude, tune into Postgame Live to see which moment will move on.
1. Matt Cain's Perfect Game in 2012 (11-time winner -- Defeated Jeffrey 'HacMan' Leonard's four home runs in the 1987 NLCS)
(From Matt Cain - Giants Pitcher, 2005-2017)
The Perfect Game was one of the most memorable nights of my playing career.
I had always dreamed of throwing a no-hitter. I had come so close so many times throughout my career and in my younger years, but never had one.
The ballpark was so electric that night. We had the TaylorMade guys out hitting golf balls. Dustin Johnson hitting monster drives into McCovey Cove, and I snuck one good swing in there as well.
Pretty surreal day. I still think back to all the plays and pitches during that game. To have every single player on the same wave length and all realizing what was unfolding is truly something special. Everyone likes to say I pitched a perfect game and I get the credit for it but I'm in debt to everyone of the guys who made a play behind me , one that still doesn't make sense in right center field, and I owe the most to the guy who called 125 perfect pitches behind the plate.
Thanks to all the fans that have come up to me and shared there story about that night. So fun to hear them all!!
2. Giants win 2014 NLCS Game 3 over St. Louis thanks to Gregor Blanco's game-winning bunt single
In the postseason, the Giants often replace the RBI with the RTI. Runs Thrown In, as Tim Flannery famously called them, and one of the most memorable ones came in Game 3 of a thrilling 2014 NLCS.
With no outs and two on in the bottom of the 10th inning, Gregor Blanco put a bunt down and St. Louis Cardinals reliever Randy Choate whipped the ball down the first base line. Brandon Crawford jogged home to give the Giants a 5-4 win.
"Rocks and slingshots, man," Flannery said later, standing in the joyous home clubhouse. "We can score without hits. We've proven that."
They scored with hits that game, too. Travis Ishikawa's three-run double off John Lackey in the first gave the Giants a 4-0 lead, but the Cardinals chipped away off Tim Hudson, eventually tying the game. Choate's error ended it in extra innings, and two days later, Ishikawa would again be in the spotlight, hitting a three-run walk-off homer in Game 5 to send the Giants to the World Series. There was nothing flukey about that one.