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May 22, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Mariners and Hector Noesi go for five wins in a row

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NOTE: 9:05 p.m. PT: Apologize for lack of blogging, but we’ve been overwhelmed by technical difficulties tonight so I’ve had to cap it for now.
Hector Noesi lost his command in the third inning and paid for it, allowing three runs to fall behind 3-1. Noesi walked a pair of batters, then fell behind 3-0 on Ian Kinsler before rallying for a popout.
So far so good, but then, in the worst pitch he’ll likely throw tonight, he served up a 1-2 pitch to Elvis Andrus on a silver platter up in the zone. I mean, he could not have hung it better with a hammer, nails and a wall. And Andrus drilled that thing to the left center gap for a two-run triple, followed right after that by a Josh Hamilton double that brought another run home.
Noesi might go on to pitch seven good innings, but it’s a lack of focus/execution or whatever on pitches like that in key situations that can cost him the ballgame. He clearly has some talent, but will have to get better at identifying those critical moments in a game and focus on making the best pitch he can. That thing he threw to Andrus wasn’t close to his best. I’m sure he’s already heard about it.
Anyhow, he’s a young guy still learning who has otherwise pitched OK. But he needs the offense to bail him out now.
7:34 p.m.: Wow, the Mariners took a 1-0 lead off Matt Harrison in the first inning and Casper Wells very nearly made it 5-0 before getting “Safeco’d” on a grand slam. The blast by Wells died at the warning track, where Josh Hamilton made a running, over-the-shoulder catch at the wall.
But a one-out walk by Alex Liddi, a single by Ichiro and a two-out single to left by Justin Smoak did get the run home.
Hector Noesi had a 1-2-3 first inning, getting hit hard on two lineouts to the outfield, then whiffing Hamilton.

Should the Mariners release Chone Figgins despite owing $17 million on his contract?


7:05 p.m.: Getting a fifth straight win won’t be easy for the Mariners tonight. They go up against left-handed starter Matt Harrison, who is 6-1 with a 2.67 ERA lifetime against the Mariners.
More importantly, he was 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA against the M’s last year. Prior to that, most of these current Mariners weren’t even on the team, so that doesn’t really count.
Hector Noesi tries to build off a really solid outing in Cleveland, when he left with a 4-1 lead and then watched Steve Delabar blow the game for him.
They have the roof open here to start the game, but it’s raining on everybody, so I’m sure they’ll close it soon.

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