POLL: Giants Memorable Moments — Belt's 18th inning HR against Nats vs Halicki's no-hitter in 1975


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1. Brandon Belt's 18th inning homer against the Nationals in 2014 NLDS (Four-time winner -- Defeated Dave Dravecky's comeback after cancer in 1989)

(From Alex Pavlovic)
By the end of an 18-inning win over the Nationals in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS, the Giants were drained in every way. It would be understandable if some of them have few solid memories of the six-hour, 23-minute marathon game, but Brandon Belt will never forget the details. His solo shot off Tanner Roark in the top of the 18th was the difference in a 2-1 win. Four years later, the moment is still fresh in his mind, from his preparation for the at-bat to the emphatic bat drop: 

(From Brandon Belt)
"I remember chugging a Red Bull. It was late into the night and that's tough, it's mentally draining and physically draining to be in a game like that, where you're giving everything you've got to win a baseball game. I was drained at that moment to say the least. I remember chugging a Red Bull and going out there and thinking, 'I'm just going to try and get on base and see what happens.' I remember just not trying to do too much and he gave me a pitch that I could handle, that was kind of in my happy zone. It felt like one of the first home runs I ever hit. It's like you're in Little League and you hit a home run and it's like you're in a dream and it's not real life -- it was kind of the same way. 

"We had just played so long and it was such a big moment in the game, and the fact that I was able to come through and help us win with such a big hit, it was surreal to me. I felt like I was floating around the bases. I think (the bat drop) was relief, more than anything. When I do that I don't really know I do it. It was really just relief. The way the game was going, we had to assume it was over after that. The bullpen had done so well and everyone was so tired. It was going to be tough for (the Nationals) to come back after that.

"We were just ready to go home. We had a long flight after that. We just put so much effort into it and all the guys did so great. Pablo came up with a big hit in the ninth inning and Petit throwing (six shutout) innings. For me, that was the pivotal game of that entire playoffs. We were playing the best team in the NL and to be able to come home up 2-0 was huge."


2. Ed Halicki's no-hitter in 1975

(From Alex Pavlovic)

Over the past decade, AT&T Park has hosted two no-hitters and a perfect game. But you have to go pretty far back in the record books to find the last no-hitter in San Francisco before Jonathan Sanchez's in 2009.

On August 24, 1975, Ed Halicki no-hit the New York Mets at Candlestick Park. Halicki, just 24 at the time, struck out 10 and issued a pair of walks in a 6-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader. Halicki retired 12 straight to open the game before Rusty Staub reached on an error. He walked a batter in the sixth and another in the ninth, but when Wayne Garrett grounded out to first, he had a 27th out and the first no-hitter by a Giant since Gaylord Perry in 1968.

Halicki told the New York Times he started to get serious about the bid in the eighth. 

"I thought, I'm this close, I'll probably never get another chance," Halicki said, according to Leonard Koppett's story. "So I just made up my mind to throw as hard as I could, and if someone was going to break it up, he'd do it off my best stuff, not something trying to be cute. I wasn't particularly rational at that point."


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