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Diamondbacks 5, Mariners 4 -- Felix Hernandez looks strong, Hector Noesi does not

The facts

After getting off to a 10-1 start, the Mariners have now lost five of their last six games with Tuesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks. Seattle had nine hits in the game, but didn’t put too much pressure on Arizona pitching. The Mariners had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with the tying run on first base and two outs, but Nick Franklin grounded out to end the game.

Play of the game

Brad Miller became the 19th different Mariner to hit a home run during Cactus League play. Miller led off the fifth inning by staying back on a 1-1 change-up from Chase Anderson and driving it over the wall in right field. Miller didn’t give himself much time to savor it, circling the bases as if he hit an inside the park home run. He also had a ninth-inning double on the day.

Who was hot

Felix Hernandez wasn’t perfect, but he was pretty darn good. Hernandez cruised through three innings, allowing just one hit – a homer to Eric Hinske – while striking out three hitters and walking just one. Hernandez was so efficient in his work – throwing just 38 pitches – that he went and threw 15 more pitches in the bullpen.

 Who was not

Hector Noesi continues to struggle this spring. The right-hander pitched just one inning, but it was far from uneventful or smooth. Noesi walked two batters and served up a home run to opposite field home run to Mark Teahan. Noesi has made four official appearances this spring, pitching 4 2/3 innings giving up nine earned runs on 12 hits with eight walks Those numbers don’t include a two-inning outing in the rainout against the A’s where he gave up six earned runs on five hits with two walks.

Quotable

“He’s just going to have to figure it out. He had trouble controlling damage. It’s no different than what we’ve talked about before – about finishing his pitches, having conviction with his pitches. He has big league stuff, but he has to continue to learn how to put hitters away and how to control damage.” – Mariners manager Eric Wedge on Hector Noesi.

Extra innings

Jason Bay found himself penciled in the line-up at the lead-off spot. It was a new experience for Bay. In his 10-year big league career, consisting of 1,210 games, Bay had never hit in the first spot in the batting order.  … The paid attendance on a very warm day at Peoria Stadium was 7,015.

On tap

The Mariners will be on the road facing the Kansas City Royals in Surprise. Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will be making his third start and fourth appearance of the Cactus League. Also scheduled to pitch are Danny Hultzen, Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor and Jhonny Nunez. Kansas City will start right-hander Ervin Santana. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast live locally on 710-AM.

Here's some video of Justin Smoak's double.

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