Inner league play continued for the Mariners today, as they kicked off the first of a three game series vs. the Diamondbacks. Hector Noesi took the mound for Seattle and Wade Miley forArizona. Noesi got hit early and that was all Miley needed as Seattle dropped game one of the series.
Noesi had been struggling as of late but showed some promise, putting together a strong start his last time around. Well he could not keep it up as he was roughed up today. He was hit hard in the first, giving up three runs. He gave up three straight singles to start the inning off and a pair of sacrifice flies brought in two of the runs. Seven batters came to the plate in that first inning and he needed 28 pitches. He had a 1-2-3 inning in the second but Arizona got to him again in the third. Aaron Hill opened up the inning with a triple and Justin Upton brought him in with a sacrifice fly. Noesi had a very impressive fourth inning, striking out the side with the batter going down swinging each at bat. The fifth inning was also harmless for Noesi.
The sixth would be Noesi’s last inning, as he was touched for another 2 runs. Jason Kubel opened the inning with a base hit and Paul Goldschmidt followed him up with a double putting runners on second and third. Miguel Montero brought one runner in on a sac fly and Josh Bell brought the other in on a base hit. The final line for Noesi on the day was 6IP 9H 5ER (6R) 2BB 5K. He now has a 5.69 ERA on the year with a 5.37 FIP. The K/9 is at a very low 5.58 and the BB/9 is high up at 3.35.
Shawn Kelley came on to relieve Noesi in the seventh and he gave up a solo shot to Aaron Hill, the second batter he faced. After retiring Juston Upton, that would be it for Kelley as Oliver Perez came on to get the final out of the seventh as well as pitch a scoreless eighth inning.
The starting pitching struggled today as well as the offense as they were able to put together only one run. What makes it even more disappointing is that they had nine hits. The team went 1-6 with runners in scoring position and they just were not able to string together any base hits.
The one run forSeattlecame in the sixth inning. Kyle Seager opened up the inning with a base hit and after a Jesus Montero line out, Casper Wells brought Seager in on a double. Dustin Ackley hit a line drive base hit with two outs but Wells was thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning. Seager had himself a nice day, going 2-4. Ackley and Wells also had a 2-4 day as well. Wells has played well since his recent call up, as he has gone 6-12 with a homerun. Franklin Gutierrez, Brendan Ryan, and Justin Smoak each picked up a base hit on the day too.
I didn’t mention this above, but Aaron Hill hit for the cycle today against Seattle. He picked up a base hit in the first, a triple in the third, a double in the fifth, and 424 foot homerun in the seventh. Always impressive to see guys hit for the cycle, it’s just too bad it had to happen against us.Seattlelooks to even up the series tomorrow with Erasmo Ramirez pitching against Daniel Hudson. I will be at Cheney Stadium tomorrow to checkout Diamondbacks top prospect, Trevor Bauer pitch against the Rainiers. The third round pick in 2011 is arguably a top 10 prospect and you won’t want to miss him tomorrow.