Former Bayside High pitcher Chris Heston turned in another solid performance Monday as the starting pitcher in the San Francisco Giants’ home opener, a 2-0 loss to Colorado.
In seven innings, Heston allowed seven hits and two runs, one unearned, against the Rockies and left trailing 2-0. Among his 90 total pitches, 60 were strikes.
Heston was just the second rookie in San Francisco history to start a home opener. His parents were in the stands among the 42,019 fans at sold-out AT&T Park for the occasion.
Heston shut out the Rockies through the first three innings on one hit, but in the fourth, Troy Tulowitzki, one of baseball’s best hitters, singled on a line drive to left to score Charlie Blackmon.
The Giants still trailed the Rockies and starter Eddie Butler 1-0 in the sixth. Giants Manager Bruce Bochy decided to let Heston bat after Brandon Crawford led off the Giants’ sixth with a walk and he flied to right.
Then Heston ran into a little trouble.
He gave up a two-out double to Nick Hundley and then DJ LeMahieu singled, putting runners on the corners with two outs.
Hundley wound up scoring moments later on a pitch that got away from Heston. Hundley’s slide was short of the plate but he reached in with his left hand and the ball came loose from Heston’s glove. It ended up under Hundley’s leg in a crazy sequence.
Bochy challenged but the call was upheld in 1 minute, 22 seconds. Heston received an error on the play.
In his major league debut last week, Heston threw six strong innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs in a 6-2 win against Arizona. He walked two and struck out five — just like he did Monday against the Rockies in seven innings.
His ERA now is 0.69.