DYK: Facts, stats from Heston's no-hitter

DYK: Facts, stats from Heston's no-hitter

Giants rookie Chris Heston added his name to the history books on Tuesday night, firing a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

Here are some facts to know about his impressive feat, the first of its kind this season:

• Heston's no-hitter is the 17th in Giants history and the ninth since the franchise moved from New York to San Francisco.

• Giants pitchers have thrown five no-hitters over the past seven years, with Heston joining Matt Cain (perfect game in 2012), Tim Lincecum ('13 and '14) and Jonathan Sanchez ('09).

Giants excel at throwing no-no's

• With Lincecum accomplishing the feat in both 2014 and '13 and Cain in '12, the Giants have become only the second team to fire a no-no in four straight seasons. The Dodgers did that from 1962-65, and all four came from Hall of Fame lefty Sandy Koufax.

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• Heston finished his night by catching all three batters in the ninth inning looking at strike three. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last pitcher to close out a no-hitter with three consecutive strikeouts was Koufax in a perfect game against the Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965. Koufax got all three batters swinging.

• In his previous start, Heston lasted 3 2/3 innings while allowing five earned runs against the Pirates. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last pitcher to follow a start of less than four innings with a no-hitter was Nolan Ryan for the Angels in 1973. Ryan gave up five earned runs over one-third of an inning on May 11 against the White Sox, then no-hit the Royals on May 15. He also made a hitless two-inning relief appearance in between.

• Since the Mariners' Felix Hernandez twirled a perfect game against the Rays on Aug. 15, 2012, National League clubs have accounted for the past 10 no-hitters, including a combined effort by four Phillies pitchers last Sept. 1. That sets the record for the longest streak by one league. The American League authored nine in a row from 1908-12.

• Heston is the first rookie to record a no-hitter since Boston's Clay Buchholz against the Orioles on Sept. 1, 2007. Heston also is the 12th pitcher since 1914 to throw one within his first 15 career appearances. Buchholz accomplished the feat in only his second game.

• Heston is the first pitcher since 1914 to have two of his first 15 career games be complete games with at least 10 strikeouts and no more than two hits allowed. On May 12 at Houston, Heston allowed one run on two hits and struck out 10 over nine innings. The last player to have two such games within his first 20 was Hideo Nomo for the Dodgers in 1995.

NL throws last 10 no-hitters

• Heston is the first Giants rookie with a no-no since Jeff Tesreau on Sept. 6, 1912, for New York at Philadelphia. Heston joins Tesreau and Christy Mathewson (July 15, 1901, vs. St. Louis) as the only Giants rookies to throw a no-hitter.

• Before Heston -- who hit three batters on Monday -- no pitcher since at least 1914 had hit more than two batters during a no-hitter. Just two pitchers had hit two batters: the Angels' Bo Belinsky in 1962 and the Tigers' Virgil Trucks in 1952.

Heston hits Recker

• Heston is the sixth pitcher since 1914 to hit at least one batter but not walk any in a no-no. The last was the Marlins' Kevin Brown in 1997.

• Since 1914, only 10 pitchers before Heston had struck out at least 11 batters while walking none during a no-hitter.

• Among rookies, only the Astros' Don Wilson and the Rangers' Jim Bibby struck out more in a no-hitter. Wilson fanned 15 Braves in 1967 and Bibby whiffed 13 A's in 1973.

• The no-hitter was the third for catcher Buster Posey, tying him with several other backstops for the second most in Major League history. Jason Varitek of the Red Sox holds the record of four, having caught no-hitters by Nomo, Derek Lowe, Buchholz and Jon Lester during his career in Boston. Posey might have gotten to four as well, but he started at first base while Hector Sanchez started behind the plate for Lincecum's last on June 25 against the Padres.

Posey on Heston's no-no

• The Mets were on the losing end of a no-hitter for the first time since Sept. 8, 1993, when they fell to the Astros' Darryl Kile. They had not been no-hit at home since the Pirates' Bob Moose did it to them at Shea Stadium on Sept. 20, 1969.

• In a strange coincidence, the Cleveland Cavaliers were hosting Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, against the Golden State Warriors. The last time they hosted a Game 3 of the Finals, back on June 12, 2007, there also was a no-hitter, by the Tigers' Justin Verlander. (The Cavs lost that night to the San Antonio Spurs, 75-72, but beat the Warriors, 96-91, on Monday.)

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.