Here is the final pitch of Chris Heston’s no-hitter against the Mets Tuesday night at Citi Field …
It was the fourth no-hitter in four years for the San Francisco Giants, but a very improbable one too.
Chris Heston was a 12th-round pick in 2009 and entered play Tuesday with a 4.35 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in career major league 70 1/3 innings. The only reason he’s in the Giants’ starting rotation is because veteran Matt Cain is battling ongoing right elbow issues. Both throw out all that stuff for now.
Heston was brilliant Tuesday night in a no-hitter at the Mets’ Citi Field, striking out 11 batters and issuing zero walks while hurling 72 of his 110 pitches for strikes. He did plunk back-to-back batters in the bottom of the fourth and he opened the bottom of the ninth with a plunking of Anthony Recker, but that just adds to the mystique here. Heston is the only pitcher in the history of baseball to hit three batters in a no-hitter. There have been 288 no-hitters all time.
It was the fourth no-hitter in four years for the San Francisco Giants. Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres on July 13, 2012 and again on June 25, 2014. Matt Cain no-hit the Astros on June 13, 2012.
Heston is the first Giants rookie to throw a no-hitter since Jeff Tesreau in 1912.
The 27-year-old also drove in two runs Tuesday in the Giants’ 5-0 victory.
Great news here from the official Twitter account of the New York Mets …
Travis d’Arnaud is traveling to New York tonight and is expected to be activated tomorrow.
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 9, 2015
The 26-year-old catcher wound up missing close to two months with a fractured right pinkie finger.
He was off to a fantastic start before the injury, batting .317/.356/.537 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 11 games played. The day d’Arnaud was placed on the disabled list, the Mets were in first place in the National League East standings with a record of 11-3. They are still in first place but have gone 20-25 since.
We’ve got a no-hitter alert from Citi Field in Queens.
Giants right-hander Chris Heston has allowed zero hits — and zero walks — through seven innings Tuesday night against the host Mets. He did plunk Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda with pitches in the bottom of the fourth inning, which is what’s keeping this from being a perfect game watch. Updates to come as Heston tries to finish this thing off.
The 27-year-old former 12th-round pick entered his start Tuesday with an underwhelming 4.29 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 70 1/3 career major league frames.
EIGHTH INNING: Heston got groundouts from Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, and Eric Campbell in the bottom of the eighth. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford made a nice play on Campbell’s, a hard shot to the left side of the infield that Crawford had to backhand. Heston is at 96 pitches with three outs to go.
NINTH INNING: Heston hit Anthony Recker with his very first pitch in the bottom of the ninth — Heston’s third HBP of the game. But he struck out pinch-hitter Danny Muno, leadoff man Curtis Granderson, and then Ruben Tejada — all looking — to finish off the no-hitter. It’s the fourth no-no in four years for the Giants.
Albert Pujols slugged the 536th home run of his career Tuesday night off the Rays’ Nate Karns …
Pujols is now tied with Mickey Mantle at 16th on the all-time career home run leaderboard. Next up is Mike Schmidt, who finished his career with 548. Albert has eight home runs since May 28 and 16 on the season.