Bayside’s Chris Heston No-Hits New York Mets For San Francisco Giants
By Space Coast Daily // June 10, 2015
graduated from Bayside High School
ABOVE VIDEO: Palm Bay native, Chris Heston, throws a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants. (PromosTabor 2 Video)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Former Bayside Bear and now San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston, in only his 13th Major League start, no-hit the New York Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday night.
He is only the 22nd rookie pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter in a major-league regular-season game
Heston, 27, graduated from Bayside High School in Palm Bay and played college baseball for two years at Seminole Community College. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 47th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft but did not sign with the team.
Then in 2008, the Washington Nationals drafted Heston in the 29th round, but he again did not sign and attended East Carolina University. He was then drafted a third time, by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round in 2009, and signed.
Heston’s professional career got off to a rocky start with a 1–5 record and 4.11 ERA in the rookie Arizona League in 2009. In 2010, he finished 5–13 with a 3.75 ERA with the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets.
With the Class A-Advanced San Jose Giants in 2011, he improved to 12–4 with a 3.16 ERA and 131 strikeouts. With the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2012, he finished 9–8 with a 2.24 ERA, earning a spot in the Eastern League All-Star Game.
Heston was added to the Giants 40-man roster on November 20, 2012. He was optioned to AAA Fresno on March 2, 2013, and struggled to a 7–6 record and 5.80 ERA. He was designated for assignment on July 13 to clear a roster spot for Jeff Francoeur and released on July 21.
He was re-signed by the Giants to a minor league contract on July 24.
In 2014, Heston improved to 12–9 with a 3.38 ERA in Fresno and was re-added to the 40-man roster in September 2014.
Heston made his MLB debut with the San Francisco Giants on September 13, 2014 in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers where he pitched a scoreless inning.
He eventually appeared in three games, including one start, and pitched five and one-third innings. Heston was slated to start the 2015 season in AAA Sacramento, but was called up on April 7 to replace the injured Matt Cain.
He got his first MLB win in his second start for the Giants on April 8, 2015, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5–2 and throwing 6 innings. Heston gave up two runs, neither earned, but had five strikeouts gaining the win.
On May 12, 2015, Heston pitched a complete game against the Houston Astros, allowing only two hits and one run, with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
Heston was the first Giants rookie to throw a complete game with at least 10 strikeouts since Roger Mason on October 4, 1985, and the first Giants rookie with double-digit strikeouts since Tim Lincecum on July 1, 2007.