Sunday, April 15, 2012

Noesi, Montero Combine To Beat A's

Through the first five innings of today's game I was overly concerned. The Mariners had just one hit. After yesterday's 3 hit shutout, I couldn't bear to see another game with this horrible offense. In fact, I even hopped on Twitter to comment on the fact that it looked as though two Cy Young candidates were pitching. Hector Noesi had given up just three hits to that point and was looking really good. The A's pitcher you would think would be a Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee, but to be honest I had no idea who he was and even now can not remember his name for the life of me.

On a bright side, the one hit came off the bat of Jesus Montero. A homerun over the center field wall. One hit, one run and Montero's first of the year and first as a Mariner. If someone can please tell me why Montero looks so funny when he runs I would greatly appreciate it. It brings a new definition to the term homerun trot.

The 6th inning is where the game finally started to break open. With one out, Brendan Ryan got a single. Just the second hit of the game for the M's. Chone Figgins followed with a single and Brendan Ryan scooted from first to third. On the throw to third, Figgins took second. Dustin Ackley came up and drew a walk to load the bases and up came Ichiro Suzuki. Then, down went Ichiro Suzuki as he popped out to the shortstop. I thought this was going to be one of those classic, bases loaded one out and the M's can't buy a run innings, but thankfully it wasn't. Justin Smoak walked in a run to make the score 2 - 0 and that brought Montero to the plate. On a 2 - 1 count, Montero crushed a ball down the right field line, just fair. In cam Figgins, in came Ackley and in came Justin Smo... well, not Smoak. Smoak was gunned down at the plate for the third out, but a two run double by Montero gave him 3 RBI on the night. Not too bad.

Noesi went on to pitch 8 innings and only gave up 5 hits while striking out 6 and walking 1. A vast difference from his last outing in Texas. He won the pitchers duel, won the game and then passed the ball over to the closer, Brandon League. In true League fashion, he had to allow one base runner before completely closing the door, but he got the job done. No credit for a save as the lead was 4 runs.

Noesi and Montero were the two pieces that came from the Yankees in the trade for Michael Pineda. There has been a lot of debate over that deal and many argue that the Yankees clearly got the better end, but if these two continue playing like they did today, there won't even be a discussion. Pineda has not yet made a start for the Yankees as he's been on the disabled list since before Spring Training ended. I don't think there's much of a debate already, but we'll revisit this topic later in the year.

Your Seattle Mariners are back to .500 ball and in second place still with a record of 5 and 5. The Rangers are in first at 7 and 2, A's in third at 4 and 5 and the Angels in last at 3 and 5. Not a bad start for our team, but I'm still waiting for this offense to click. I would like to know your thoughts on Ichiro batting third so far, let me know.


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