POLL: Giants Memorable Moments — Cain's Perfect Game Vs John Montefusco's No-hitter

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 6pm to see the next two moments you can vote on! Then, after the Giants and Mariners conclude, tune into Postgame Live to see which moment will move on.

1. Matt Cain's Perfect Game in 2012 (Six-time winner -- Defeated The night the legend of Madison Bumgarner was born)

(From Matt Cain - Giants Pitcher from 2005 to 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. John 'The Count' Montefusco's no-hitter against the Braves in 1976

(From Alex Pavlovic)

When it comes to historic pitching performances, Giants fans have been spoiled over the past decade. Starting with Jonathan Sanchez's no-hitter in 2009, they have witnessed four no-hitters and Matt Cain's perfect game. 

Before Sanchez no-hit the Padres, however, there was a long dry spell. The previous one came in 1976, and that one was also part of a flurry, so to speak. On Sept. 29, 1976, John Montefusco no-hit the Braves, giving the Giants a no-hitter for the second consecutive season and the third time in nine seasons. 

In his final start of the 1976 season, "The Count" walked one and struck out four, allowing nothing else in a 9-0 win. Montefusco walked Jerry Royster to open the fourth. With two outs in the ninth, Royster flied out to right for the 27th out. 

Montefusco lowered his ERA to 2.84, which went down as the lowest mark of his career. He had seven strong seasons in San Francisco and still is listed in the top 10 for many of their rookie records, including strikeouts (second with 215) and wins (seventh with 15).


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