Even though he hit three batters in the game,no Mets batter could hit him on Tuesday.
Chris Heston, the rookie pitcher of the Giants who is more or less filling in the rotation while Jake Peavy rehabs, collected his first ever no-hitter at Citi Field and in his 13th career start in the majors,a 5-0 Giants victory.
Heston threw 110 pitches,struck out 11 batters,six of them looking,and allowed only two balls in the outfield. Despite not throwing a pitch faster than 91 mph,he was able to keep Mets batters guessing and worked the strike zone every way possible with Buster Posey staying with him all night long. He even helped his own cause at the plate,driving in two runs in the fourth inning.
The Giants now have a no-hitter in four straight seasons. Matt Cain found perfection against Houston in 2012, Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres in 2013 and 2014.
After plunking Mets catcher Anthony Recker,Heston struck out the next three Mets to seal the victory. Buster Posey ran out to hug a calm Heston who was then mobbed by his teammates. He also received a great ovation from the 23,155 in attendance at Citi Field.
“I did get a Buster hug,” said Heston. “I’ll remember that one forever, that’s for sure.”
The 27-year-old is the first pitcher to net a no-hitter this season and it’s the first since Jordan Zimmermann of the Nationals got his on the final day of the 2014 season. Heston admits his nerves were getting to him going into the ninth inning.
“Attack the zone. Don’t let the nerves get to me. Just throw quality strikes,” he recalled. “Taking a little more deep breaths out there.”
I saw most of Heston’s no-hitter and I thought with the kind of stuff he had on Tuesday he was masterful,keeping in mind that he is still a rookie and has a long way to go before even we know (and maybe Heston knows) what kind of pitcher he’s going to be. He was,at least for one night,the best pitcher on the mound. I’m sure this young man will remember this night in New York forever. So will us Giants fans!
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