Jun 9, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Chris Heston (53) celebrates with catcher Buster Posey (28) after throwing a no-hitter against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Giants won 5 – 0. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
It was a magical night. It was a big night. Go ahead and laugh, I’m gonna say it: it was a Giant night.
I’m going to confess right now, I screamed so loud at the end of that game, my neighbors all scrambled for their phones to dial 911. I was a wreck. I can’t even begin to imagine how Chris Heston’s mother felt. If you missed it, you’ll kick yourself—but here’s what happened: Giants rookie, Chris Heston, threw the 17th no hitter in Giants franchise history. It was exciting, but also super scary to watch. The feeling in the pit of my stomach was the same feeling you get when you’re watching a scary movie and that ominous music starts playing. You just know something bad is about to happen.
The Giants played today against the Amazin’ Mets—a nickname given to them by their first manager, Casey Stengel. But wanna know what was really amazing? The Giants rookies. Heston threw the no hitter, which of course means he gave up zero runs and zero hits. And, he struck out eleven, surpassing his previous record of ten strike outs against the Astros. Let’s face it, we thought that was pretty impressive. He hit three batters with a pitch, but fortunately no one was hurt.
The Giants hitting game is a story all by itself. Nori Aoki led off the first inning with a base hit, and scored when Angel Pagan ground into a force out. Heston came to the plate with the bases loaded twice. The first time was in the second inning and he hit into a double play to end the inning. Heston’s next at bat was in the fourth inning. It was another bases loaded situation, but this time he ended it differently. He hit a ground ball, but put enough spin on it to get past the infield and reach into left field. The outfielder threw home but his throw was wide and not in time: both Buster and Crawford scored, giving Heston his first two major league RBIs.
The Giants scored two more runs: in the sixth Matt Duffy hit a solo home run, and in the seventh, Joe Panik, a native New Yorker hit another solo home run−to the delight of many of his home town fans who were at the ballpark to watch him play. The final score was: Giants 5, Mets 0
It was a helluva game. It was Bochy’s 700th win as the Giants manager. Going into the game, that was the headline. Honestly? I thought the most important thing that would happen was a win to give Bochy his historic milestone. No kidding, it’s big. But Heston’s no hitter? Bigger. Huge. That’s why together they’re Giant. (I couldn’t resist.)
It was big night for Heston: he pitched a no hitter, served up double digit strike outs, got his first two major league RBIs, his second major league complete game and he gave his skipper a milestone win. Oh! I almost forgot the most important thing−he got his first Buster hug. Magic.