This writer sat in Yankee Stadium tonight watching the Yankees beat the Nationals to extend their winning streak to seven games. And just less than 10 miles away, at Citi Field, Giants’ rookie starter Chris Heston (6-4, 3.77) was fashioning an amazing outing, an outing that would go down in history, as the Giants’ beat the Mets behind Heston’s no-hitter, 5-0.
I was attending the game tonight at Yankees Stadium with out of town colleagues, knowing that my wife and I already had tickets to see the Giants Thursday night at Citi Field. They say timing is everything.
If it feels like the Giants throw a no-hitter every year, it’s because they do: Matt Cain’s perfect game in 2012, Tim Lincecum in 2013 and 2014, and now Chris Heston.
Heston dominated all night, striking out 11 batters, including all three batters in the bottom of the ninth to seal the no hitter. He didn’t walk a batter, but didn’t get the perfect game as he hit three batters (two in the fourth and one in the ninth), thus allowing three base runners. Heston threw 110 pitches on the evening, 72 for strikes, and pitched to 29 batters, just two over the minimum.
After being placed in the starting rotation because Matt Cain opened the season on the disabled list, Heston proved right away that he had major league stuff, pitching brilliantly in his first three starts. Since then he’s been very inconsistent, to be expected for a rookie making just his 17th major league start. But this night was special. “I’m still not sure what just happened out there to be honest with you. It’s just awesome,” Heston said. Speaking of his battery mate Buster Posey, he said, “I trust that guy with everything back there. I trust everything he puts down and just throw it.” And Posey added, “We’re just really happy about how he kept his poise out there. He did an unreal job.”
Once again, the Giants’ scored first, this time in the opening frame, and never looked back. They knocked 13 hits on the night, including home runs by Joe Panik and Matt Duffy, each player getting their fifth home run of the season. Panik has now hit safely in 13 consecutive games, and has reached base in 21 straight games. Heston also helped his own cause at the plate, going 2 for 4, including a single to knock in two runs in the fourth inning to put the G-men ahead 3-0.
The Giants were 3 for 9 with runners in scoring position as five players had at least two hits a piece, with Posey leading the way on a 3 for 5 night.
The Giants and Mets go at it again tomorrow night as Tim Hudson (3-5, 4.41) will be on the mound facing Mets’ ace Matt Harvey (6-3, 3.05). Harvey has a 3.42 ERA against the G-men in two starts, both at AT&T Park. Last season, Huddy faced the Mets twice, allowing five runs in ten innings (4.50).
- This was the Giants’ fifth no hitter in seven seasons and 17th in franchise history
- Heston is the third Giants’ rookie to throw a no-hitter. The first one was Hall of Famer Christy Matthewson in 1901 and the other was Jeff Tesreau in 1912
- The only other team in Major League history to throw a no-hitter in four consecutive seasons was the Dodgers, from 1962-65, all four thrown by Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
- The last rookie to throw a no-no was Clay Buchholz with Boston in 2007
- Heston’s game score? A ridiculous 98!
- The G-men improved to 17-12 on the road this season, having won 11 of their last 14
- Hunter Pence did not return to the starting lineup tonight as he reported lingering soreness in his left wrist. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence is day to day, and did not rule out the possibility that he might go on the disabled list