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May 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Hector Noesi returns to the South Bronx for Mariners against former Yankees team

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Raul Ibanez is destroying the Mariners in this series and Hector Noesi this afternoon. Ibanez just cranked a solo homer to dead center in the fourth inning to give New York a 5-0 lead. Four of Ibanez’s last six hits have been home runs, while another was the RBI double he had earlier today.
That’s two homers, a double and five RBI for Ibanez in just 13 innings worth of baseball against Seattle this weekend. The count was 2-2 and no, another two-strike extr-base hit allowed by Noesi is not winning him any favors with the club. Right now, if Erasmo Ramirez was ready, Noesi would be the first pitcher sent to Class AAA and it isn’t a particularly close call.
1:46 p.m.: Hector Noesi isn’t facing the Twins anymore and it showed in the second inning, when he yielded four runs on four extra-base hits and trails the New York Yankees by a 4-0 count.
Mark Teixeira hit a one-out double to the right field corner and then, with two out, Raul Ibanez reached out and poked one the opposite way to the left field corner for his 20th RBI of the season. Russell Martin then doubled over the head of Michael Saunders in center, prompting a mound visit by pitching coach Carl Willis.
The next batter, Jayson Nix, snapped an 0-for-20 slump dating to last year by blasting the ball over the right field wall. I doubt Willis told Noesi: “Let this Nix guy hit one out, I feel sorry for him.” So, needless to say, the M’s are probably not too happy with their pitcher right now.
1:04 p.m.: Last night, we saw Jesus Montero belt a solo home run against his former New York Yankees club. Today, the Mariners will need Hector Noesi to do a whole lot more. Noesi, a secondary part of that Montero-Michael Pineda deal in December, has done OK against the Twins and the A’s. Not so good against other clubs.
He faces a real test today.

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