General manager Jack Zduriencik and, to a lesser extent, manager Eric Wedge, wanted to see Hector Noesi start again for the Seattle Mariners in September.
Well, they've seen him. The Baltimore Orioles pummelled the right-hander for eight hits and seven runs in just 1 1/3 innings tonight, reducing his teammates to mop up duty for the remainder of what became a 10-4 Mariners loss.
As for Noesi, who was supposed to start again Saturday vs. Texas?
“Another start? I don’t know. I’m not sure right now – we’ll sit down and look at it,” Wedge said.
Loosely translated, that means Noesi, now 2-12 with a 6.00 ERA as a Mariner, and 2-6 with a 5.74 ERA in Tacoma, has made his final start. If he pitches again, it will be in a game that's gotten away.
The Mariners got home runs from Michael Saunders, Eric Thames and John Jaso, but didn't score until Baltimore led, 7-1, and never could close the gap much. The Orioles, in the chase for a division title and/or wild card berth, ran away with it early.
“(Noesi) just really struggled. He gave up two-strike hits, just put it over the middle of the plate,” Wedge said. “The last thing you want to do in first game of a series is go to bullpen in second inning. It makes for a long night, a long series.”
The loss dropped the Mariners to 70-78 with 13 games left, and did nothing to help the Mariners bullpen for the series. Rookie Erasmo Ramirez starts tonight.