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Chris Heston was spectacular on Thursday night.
The sinker-baller allowed four hits and one walk over 7.1 scoreless innings and picked up his fifth win of the season.
"What he continues to do is eat up innings that they need," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow told KNBR 680-AM Friday morning. "For him to go 7.1 last night, that in itself was fantastic. But he matched up against one of the hottest pitchers in baseball and he goes out there and matches zero for zero with Shelby Miller and beats him."
Miller entered the game with a 5-1 record to go along with a 1.50 ERA.
He surrendered just one run on five hits over seven strong innings, but took the loss because of Heston's brilliance.
"What we like about this guy, is he has that ability to make things look a little bit easy, and he's learning along the way," Krukow said. "What does stand out is the courage he has to get in that strike zone and he really doesn't care who he's pitching against. He eliminates that distraction and those are all good things for a young pitcher.
"And they're feeding off him. It's good energy. He's not a guy who's walking around the clubhouse thinking that he's a 10-year vet. He's a humble rookie. He's a good add. And he really has, in a way, saved the season."
Heston, who made two relief appearances and one start for the Giants last September, was supposed to open the 2015 campaign with Triple-A Sacramento. But injuries to Jake Peavy and Matt Cain altered that plan of action.
The 27-year old took the ball on April 8 in Arizona and pitched the Giants to a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks, and a series victory. The performance gave himself, his manager and his teammates confidence.
Heston certainly has had several rough outings -- six earned runs in Colorado, five earned runs against the Padres, five earned runs in Cincinnati and five earned runs in Colorado again -- but he's also experienced many nights like Thursday against the Braves.
At one point, the Giants were 3-9. They are now 29-20 and trail the Dodgers by 0.5 games in the NL West.
There are many players responsible for the turnaround, and Heston's impact can't be overlooked.