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Chris Heston hurls 17th no hitter in Giants history Tuesday

After his 91 MPH sinker iced Ruben Tejada, it finally sunk in: 27-year old Chris Heston just tossed the fourth no-hitter in the last four seasons for the Giants, missing another Giants perfect game when he plunked his first of three batters in the fourth. The three plunks, the first occurrence in 101 years, were the only blemishes throughout Heston’s sparkling nine-inning effort.
Taking 110 pitches to accomplish the feat, Heston relied on flawless pitch framing from battery mate Buster Posey, who has now caught two no-no’s and one perfect game. In the modern era, only Boston’s Jason Varitek (4) has caught more no-hitters. For Posey, however, this unlikely no-hitter was special because almost none of his calls were shrugged off, meaning he truly guided Heston to stardom. Thanks to timely defense from Brandon Crawford and Heston’s 2-4, 2 RBI performance, the first no-hitter of 2015 — and the first against the Mets at home since 1969 — was preserved.
San Francisco is putting up no-hitters in startling fashion, recording Matt Cain’s perfect game in 2012 followed by two Tim Lincecum gems in 2013 and 2014. Prior to those, Jonathon Sanchez tossed his hitless game in 2009. The last no-hitter in the bigs prior to Heston’s belonged to Jordan Zimmermann, who hurled his on the last day of 2014 against the pitcher who produced the last of 2013, Henderson Alvarez.
Posey finished 3-5 while Joel Panik chipped in a 2-5 effort with his 5th homer, a solo blast in the fifth. The struggling starter Noah Syndergaard, the highly regarded rookie sensation, continued his slump by giving up four earned on 10 hits, fanning four and walking one. His ERA increased to 4.15 while Heston, who fanned 11 Mets, dropped his down to 3.77.
Ruben Tejada was the first batter Heston plunked in the fourth, hitting his shoulder enough to draw the free pass. Lucas Duda took another in the seventh before Anthony Recker was hit in the left shoulder in the ninth. Heston settled down and closed out the game in the same fashion he opened it: with a freaky sinker few Mets managed to get out of the infield.
San Francisco sends the timeless Tim Hudson to the mound against Mets ace Matt Harvey on Wednesday.

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