Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Heston's 10th win

He's the first Giants rookie to get 10 wins since Matt Cain in 2006, per the SF Chronicle.

Heston is a big reason why the Giants are contending. They are now at 50-44. Here's part of Henry Schulman's coverage --

For five innings, rookie Chris Heston propagated his bid to throw a second no-hitter. He pitched into the eighth and allowed his lone hit to Melvin Upton Jr. leading off the sixth, a broken-bat single.
Heston became the first Giants rookie to reach double-digit wins since Matt Cain in 2006 and provided that elusive and much-needed extended outing to save the bullpen.
Unlike his no-hitter in New York on June 9, Heston’s pitch count would have been a factor had he continued his bid late into the game.
Manager Bruce Bochy said the Upton hit spared him a tough decision. However, pressed on whether he would have pulled Heston on pitch count with a no-no intact, Bochy harked back to Tim Lincecum’s big night at Petco Park two seasons ago and said, “I let Timmy throw 148 pitches here. What do you think I would have done?”
No Giant has thrown two no-hitters in one season, and Heston would have been lying had he denied thinking about it.
“It creeps in your mind,” he said, “but I was trying to focus on executing and getting outs. The more you don’t think about those things, the more chance you have of something like that happening.”
Just as special for the Giants was their power show.
The Giants clubbed three home runs, which they had done only five times in their first 107 games at Petco Park. Just as significant, the Giants finally solved Odrisamer Despaigne, a pitcher who had owned them.


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