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March 12, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Mariners lose 5-4 to Diamondbacks despite late comeback

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Remember back when we were saying spring training wins and losses don’t matter much? Well, keep that in mind now that the Mariners today dropped their fifth game in six tries since that 10-game win streak. Today’s 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks was secured when Hector Noesi, a pitcher who won’t be anywhere near a big league mound when April 1 rolls around — unless he’s traded to the Astros (get used to these jokes from me, Houston) — yielded a three-run homer to Mark Teahen in the fourth inning.

Mariners infield prospect Nick Franklin grounds out to end today's game.

Mariners infield prospect Nick Franklin grounds out to end today’s game.

The Mariners started scraping back from a 5-1 deficit in the fifth on a solo homer by Brad Miller and an RBI single by Brendan Ryan. Miller then doubled with two out in the ninth and scored when a Julio Morban pop-up was dropped in the infield. But Nick Franklin grounded out to the right side and that was the game.

Prior to that, we saw Felix Hernandez toss three innings of one-run ball with 38 pitches, then throw another 12 in the bullpen to get his total up to about 50. That sets him up nicely for a 65-pitch outing his next time out. The Mariners didn’t want him starting the fourth inning and having tocome out partway through once he reached 50, hence the bullpen work.

“I had more command,” Hernandez said of the outing. “More command and there was a good finish on the pitches. It was a little bit different.”

Hernandez said he needed work on throwing from the stretch position, something he tried more of in the bullpen.

“It’s coming along pretty good,” he said. “I’m feeling better and better.”

The home run, he said, came when he left his sinker a little bit up to Hinske. Hernandez also cited “Arizona” as a reason, meaning the air here might have contributed to the blast leaving the yard.

“He was strong and using all of his pitches,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “He looked great out there today.”

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February 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Mariners lose Cactus League opener 9-3 to Padres

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There wasn’t a whole lot to talk about in this game, other than Hector Noesi giving up six runs total — four earned — and a Jedd Gyorko grand slam in the first inning and Casper Wells hitting a two-run, two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth. The Mariners took a 9-3 loss to the San Diego Padres in front of  5,495 fans at Peoria Stadium on a day things were settled pretty early.

Mariners outfielder Casper Wells connects for a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 9-3 loss.

The good news, I suppose, is how the Mariners pretty much limited the damage after the first inning. The Padres didn’t score again until adding three in the top of the ninth.

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“We got a lot of guys in there today,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “For the most part, they threw the ball well. Hector struggled a little bit early on, he was up a little bit.”

Mariners leave the field after today’s defeat.

Noesi’s location was off for much of his 42-pitch outing, in which he recorded just two outs. An error by Raul Ibanez on a fly ball to left didn’t help Noesi any, but he also couldn’t put batters away when he needed to.

“First time out, the ball wascoming out of hishand good,” Wedge said. “He just cut it off a bit as the inning wore on. When he does that, he just doesn’t have the same life. He was just a little bit off but he said he felt good, so hopefully he can just work off of that and come back strong the next time.”

Noesi will have to. He was already facing a steep, steep climb trying to make this rotation and did not do himself any early favors here.

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