Yonder Alonso breaks the scoring ice with a first-pitch solo homer to right-center in the seventh inning, putting San Diego ahead 1-0. The home run, off Hector Noesi, came right after Justin Smoak had another deeply-hit ball hauled in at the right-center warning track to end the sixth.
8:34 p.m.: Five innings into this game and we’re still…guess…no, guess again…come on, seriously…gues…that’s right, it’s: scoreless!
Another offensive barnburner going here between the Padres and Mariners. Hector Noesi is pitching rather well despite walking a pair and hitting a guy with a pitch. Noesi is keeping his team in it, which believe me, his team needs.
Ichiro had a two out double in the fifth, but was stranded by a Dustin Ackley ground out. Safeco Field claimed another victim last inning and fortunately for the M’s, it was Nick Hundley of the Padres who saw his fly ball to left die at the track.
Keep crossing your fingers. We might see a run soon.
7:58 p.m.: Three innings in and we’re…scoreless! Surprise, surprise. Hector Noesi is pitching rather well and hasn’t made any 0-2 mistakes just yet. He’s got four strikeouts already. Seattle put two on with none out in the second inning, but then Jesus Montero for some reason wandered halfway to third on a routine lineout to left and was doubled off. That proved costly since an ensuing wild pitch would have put a runner on third with only one out.
In any event, we’re scoreless.
7:05 p.m.: Hector Noesi hasn’t won a game since May 6. He hasn’t lost them all since then, but his pitching in key situations has left plenty to be desired. Noesi appeared en route to a loss last week in Anaheim, but then got bailed out by the Seattle offense.
Prior to that, he was roughed up by the White Sox, but again had the offense bail him out.
Tonight, Noesi needs to bail the offense out. The bats aren’t hitting here at Safeco Field and can’t afford to have a starting pitcher bury them early.