Hector Noesi promptly gave back two more runs in the sixth and trails 6-1 as we head to the seventh. Noesi just left too many hittable pitches up in the zone tonight and didn’t finish others off.
Jason Kubel opened with a single to right, then Paul Goldschmidt doubled to left to put two on. A sacrifice fly by Miguel Montero brought one run home, then a Josh Bell single scored the second run.
Noesi is done and so are the Mariners.
8:10 p.m.: Seattle finally strung some hits together in the top of the sixth, with Casper Wells delivering a one-out double to left that scored Kyle Seager all the way from first base. Wells tried to score on a two-out single to left by Dustin Ackley, but Jason Kubel made a strong throw and nabbed him.
No problem with the M’s being aggressive there. You had Brendan Ryan and the pitcher’s spot due up next and have to try to capitalize when down three runs with one out to go in inning.
7:45 p.m.: Hector Noesi and the Mariners trail 4-0 after three innings as Aaron Hill drilled a triple to left center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton. Noesi giving up a lot of deep flyballs tonight.
Franklin Gutierrez nearly hit a home run in the top of the third on a ball that hit the right field wall for a double. Gutierrez has not gone deep in over a year since hitting his only homer of 2011 in Minneapolis a year ago last month.
7:20 p.m.: Arizona already leads 3-0 after an inning of play as Willie Bloomquist opened with a single, followed by a single from Aaron Hill and then another by Justin Upton on an 0-2 slider that Hector Noesi didn’t finish off. The Noesi pitch hung on the outside corner just enough for a quality hitter like Upton to reach out and poke it into left field. We discussed this when Raul Ibanez did the same thing to Noesi in New York. It wasn’t an awful location for the ball, it’s just that it hung out there too long without finishing the way it’s supposed to. Good hitters know how to turn those into singles.
Jesus Montero got flattened by Willie Bloomquist on the play at the plate and was charged with an error that allowed the runners to advance. Montero barely had time to touch the ball, so the error seems ridiculous. So far, the official scorer is holding firm, despite some discussions taking place with him between innings. Wonder whether he ever got smoked like that?
Anyhow, Jason Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt followed with some sacrifice flies on very well-hit balls that appeared to die as they neared the warning track. For a moment, I thought we were back in Seattle. Anyhow, Noesi has to pitch better than this.
6:38 p.m.: The Mariners seem to enjoy hitting on the road and Chase Field is one place that will very likely accomodate them. This is not what you would call a “pitcher’s park” so the M’s have a golden opportunity to boost some offensive numbers tonight and the next two days.
Only one problem. The pitcher they face tonight, Wade Miley, is pretty good.
Getting plenty of flashbacks in this stadium. I haven’t been here since covering the 2001 World Series but it’s all coming back to me now. That series was about as memorable as it gets, coming right after 9/11 and having those dramatic finishes both in New York and here as well. It doesn’t seem like 11 years ago, but then again, it does when I think back to things like the equipment I was using — a Tandy type of laptop word processor that lacked enough memory to even have Internet. Darned thing broke down on me right at the end of Game 5 in New York but then popped back to life here for Game 6.
Gametime temperature is 109 degrees. Good thing we’re indoors.