Noesi Start Ruined by Absentee Bats
The Headline: Pitching rules the day, as the Seattle Mariners are solid on the mound, but putrid at the plate.
Seattle Mariners 0, San Diego Padres 2
When: 4:05 ET, Sunday, June 24, 2012
Where: Petco Park, San Diego
Umpires: Home — Mark Carlson, 1B — Angel Hernandez, 2B — Chris Conroy, 3B — Ed Hickox
1. Hector Noesi
After a solid May, June has not been nearly as kind to the 25-year old Hector Noesi. His four starts in the month have resulted in a 0-2 record and 7.59 ERA.
However, he’s been lights out against San Diego. In his last start against the Padres, he pitched 7 innings giving up just 1 run. He pitched another strong game today, going 6 innings of 2 run ball, striking out 6 hitters.
Unfortunately, the bats couldn’t get Noesi his first June win.
2. Strong Pitching
As the headline says, pitching ruled today’s game. The Mariner’s needed just two pitchers to get through the game.
Noesi’s fine start aside, Charlie Furbush continued to be lights out of the ‘pen. Coming in for his fifth multi-inning game of the month, Furbush pitched two perfect frames with 2 Ks.
3. M’s Head Home
Seattle looked like true road warriors in May, averaging 5 runs per game outside of Safeco. That trend has not continued into May.
The Mariner’s have won just five games on the road in June, losing all, but one series. After a six game road trip, the boys finally head home for a 10 game home stand.
They’ll close out the month with the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox, while opening up July with the Baltimore Orioles.
1. No Offense
As evidenced by the big doughnut, the M’s were horrible with the lumber today.
Seattle compilted just 5 hits today. The only player with a multi-hit performance was Noesi—how sad is that?! Running through three different pinch hitters, the M’s were 1-2 with a walk.
All-in-all, the top five hitters had just 2 hits—not including Kyle Seager‘s pinch hit double.
2. No Answers for Volquez
Edinson Volquez was absolutely unsolvable for the M’s today. On 115 pitches, he went 6.2 innings of 0 run ball. He allowed 4 hits, walked 3 and struck out 4.
Today’s win ensures that Volquez remains undefeated against Seattle. In six starts against Seattle, he’s a perfect 3-0 with a 2.69 ERA.
3. Digging a Hole
With today’s loss, the Mariner’s are officially 31-43. That puts even deeper in last place, 4.5 games behind Oakland.
The A’s have been on quite a streak, sweeping the Dodgers and going 7-3 over their last 10 games. The Mariner’s, on the other hand, are 4-6 in their last 10. Each loss digs them deeper and deeper into last.
If the team wants to finish the season with some kind of respectability, they’re going to have to go on a streak sooner, instead of later.