San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston, in an attempt to keep the runner, New York Mets Curtis Granderson, close to the base, threw to an empty first base during Monday’s game.
Graderson was on first base creeping to second when Heston threw to first baseman Brandon Belt, who had moved back to get in position for the 3-2 pitch. As a pitcher, Belt should have been at least aware that his first baseman was not there. What was even funnier was that Graderson dove back to first base, like he was trying to duck a tag! When he realized that nobody was at first, got up and ran to second base.
After the pitch, all Heston could do was hope and pray that his infielders could handle the missed throw. You could not see his face, but I can only imagine what was going through his mind. I know what would have been going through my mind. Hey, where is my first baseman?
All I can think was, “What happened to looking over his shoulder?” Pitchers are always looking over their left shoulder, checking on the baseman, eyeing the runner, trying to pick him off. Luckily for the Giants, Heston’s throw hit the wall and bounced back which allowed them to retrieve it quickly. Granderson only made it to second base. Without say, Heston was charged with an error. More like a blunder.
Heston pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings on Monday, while he walked four and struck out two. Unfortunately, it was not enough to help the team in their 3-0 loss.
This right-hander started all 17 games he played in this season. He has a 8-5 record, ERA 3.51 (via ESPN).
This adds to the Giants’ seven straight losses this season.
However, don’t laugh at Heston’s blunder. He pitched a no-hitter for at least seven innings.