Thursday, May 28, 2015

The 9th shutout

The Giants lead the MLB with 9 shutouts so far in 2015. The As and the Dodgers have seven each

Chris Heston has come up big for the Giants who are no longer going to be under pressure to rush back Jake Peavy and Matt Cain. He made it into the 8th tonight.


SAN FRANCISCO — Juan Uribe was in the visiting dugout last week when Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner led the Giants to three straight shutouts over the Dodgers. A trade later, Uribe was in the lineup when Chris Heston paced a shutout of the Braves. 
Uribe was around for some light-hitting stretches at AT&T Park in 2009 and 2010, but even he likely thinks this is taking it to an absurd level. 
The Giants, after a 7-0 blanking of the Braves on Thursday, have eight shutouts in their last 12 home games. Thursday’s came on the right arm of Heston, who joined the other four starters, all of whom have at least one shutout during this streak that started May 3. Heston extended the Giants’ streak to 37 consecutive shutout innings at home.
“I didn’t even realize we had a streak like that going,” he said. “I’m just trying to put up as many zeroes as possible.”


He got seven full zeroes Thursday while pitching into the eighth, and in doing so, Heston held on a little tighter to a rotation spot that may be up for grabs due to circumstances out of his control. Heston has been a revelation for the Giants, posting a 3.82 ERA and saving a staff that had no other options. But even though he’s a rookie, he’s experienced enough to look around a room.
Jake Peavy is on a rehab assignment and could be back in two weeks. Matt Cain is throwing bullpen sessions and could return soon after the All-Star break. If the Giants have to shed a starter, Heston is the only one with minor league options, but he has managed to push the situation out of his mind.

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