Tied with Oakland for second in the AL West after a 2-1 loss to Cleveland Thursday, the Mariners begin a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox Friday night.
GAME: White Sox (6-6, 3rd, AL Central, – 2.5 GB) at Mariners (7-7, 2nd AL West, – 4.5 GB). GAME #: 15. SERIES: 1st of 3 games. MEETING (2012): 1st. WHEN: Friday, 7:10 p.m., Safeco Field. PROBABLE PITCHERS: LHP Chris Sale (Chicago, 1-1, 3.09) vs. RHP Hector Noesi (Seattle, 1-1, 5.73). STREAKS: Mariners L 1; White Sox L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
Having wasted a 12-strikeout, zero earned-run night by Felix Hernandez with Brandon League’s first blown save since last August, the Mariners will seek to ease the pain when they commence a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox Friday at Safeco Field.
The Mariners will send RHP Hector Noesi (1-1) in search of his second win, hillward to face LHP Chris Sale (1-1) in the first of nine meetings between the Mariners and White Sox in 2012.
After this series, the teams meet June 1-3 and again Aug. 24-26 in a pair of series in the Windy City. Following Sunday’s game at Safeco Field, the Mariners hit the road, with stops in Detroit, Toronto and Tampa Bay.
The lowdown on Friday’s probables:
MARINERS: RHP Hector Noesi (1-1, 5.73 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)
In his second major league season, and first with the Mariners, Noesi, 25, is making his third start of the season and the first of his career against the White Sox.
A native of Esperanza, Valverde, Dominican Republic, the 6-3, 200-pound Noesi was signed as an amateur free agent by the New York Yankees in 2004.
Noesi made his major league debut May 18 against the Baltimore Orioles. The fifth Yankees reliever that day, he collected the win by working four innings, allowing four hits, no runs and fanning four.
Noesi became a Mariner Jan. 23 when he was traded by the Yankees, along with Jesus Montero, to Seattle for Jose Campos (minors) and Michael Pineda, an All-Star starter.
Noesi, who appeared in 30 games for the 2011 Yankees, making two starts, has a career record of 3-3, 4.68 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. This will be Noesis fourth start in a regular season game.
Noesi / 2012
WHITE SOX: LHP Chris Sale (1-1, 3.09 ERA, 1.03 WHIP)
The 23-year-old Sale, in his third major league season, all with the White Sox, will be making his third start and first against the Mariners.
The 6-6, 180-pound Sale was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (13th pick) of the 2010 amateur draft.
He began his pro career with Winston-Salem in the Carolina League and had a stop at Charlotte in the International League before making his major league debut as a reliever Aug. 6, 2010, against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards (one inning, no decision).
Sale pitched in 21 games as a rookie in 2010 and went 2-1, 1.93 while working out of the bullpen. He made 58 appearances in relief (no starts) in 2011, finishing 2-2, 1.79 ERA, with eight saves. He fanned an impressive 10 batters per nine innings in his first full MLB season.
Sale, who yields an average of 6.2 hits per nine innings, has a career record of 5-4, 2.63.
Indians 2, Mariners 1
AT SEATTLE (April 19): Former Mariner Jack Hannahan’s two-run single off Brandon League in the top of the ninth inning gave Cleveland a 2-1 series victory over the Mariners and cost Seattle starter Felix Hernandez a chance at a victory after a dominating outing.
Hernandez fanned 12, walked one and allowed five hits, but came away with a no-decision after League loaded the bases in the ninth and gave up the hit to Hannahan, who played in 51 games for the Mariners in 2009.
“When you dodge a guy like Hernandez and you’re able to win the ballgame, whether you beat him or not, you feel like you did something right,” Cleveland manager Manny Acta said.
Indians starter and winner Josh Tomlin just about matched Hernandez. Tomlin threw 8.0 innings, surrendering one run on five hits. He struck out seven, walked none and threw just 96 pitches.
“It was a great a game, both sides,” Hernandez said. “The other guy threw a pretty good game, too. It just gets exciting.”
“Obviously, everybody knows that Felix is a stud, and he showed that tonight again,” Acta added. “But you know, I couldn’t be prouder than I am of my little cowboy. He went toe-to-toe with Felix for eight innings and that’s what we ask these guys when we face guys like Felix.”
In the ninth, League (0-1) walked Shelley Duncan, loading the bases, before Hannahan’s first-pitch single scored Santana and pinch-runner Aaron Cunningham to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. It was Leagues first blown save since Aug. 23, 2011, also against Cleveland.
Seattle scored its only run in the fifth when Michael Saunders doubled, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on a high throw to home plate after a John Jaso ground ball to second base.
AL WEST STANDINGS
MARINERS / STATS NOTES
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN
|Rec.||Home||Road||Day||Night||vs. RHP||vs. LHP||Hit HR||No HR|
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE
|4/20||Fri||vs. CWS||Noesi (1-1, 5.73) vs. Sale (0-1, 3.09)|
|4/21||Sat||vs. CWS||Beavan (1-1, 2.70) vs. Humber (0-0, 1.69)|
|4/22||Sun||vs. CWS||Millwood (1-1, 6.30) vs. Danks (1-2, 4.82)|
MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|Gm.#||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|1||3/28||at Oak||W, 3-1||1-0||W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)|
|2||3/29||at Oak||L, 4-1||1-1||W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)|
|Gm. #||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|3||4/6||at Oak||W, 7-3||2-1||W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)|
|4||4/7||at Oak||W, 8-7||3-1||W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)|
|5||4/9||at Tex||L, 11-5||3-2||W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)|
|6||4/10||at Tex||L, 1-0||3-3||W: Feliz (1-0); L: Beavan (0-1)|
|7||4/11||at Tex||W, 4-3||4-3||W: Luetge (1-0); L: Nathan (0-2)|
|8||4/12||at Tex||L, 5-3||4-4||W: Holland (1-0); L: Vargas (1-1|
|9||4/13||vs Oak||L, 4-0||4-5||W: Colon (2-1); L: Hernandez (1-1)|
|10||4/14||vs. Oak||W, 4-0||5-5||W: Noesi (1-1); L: Milone (1-1)|
|11||4/15||vs. Oak||W, 5-3||6-5||W: Beavan (1-1); L: Godfrey (0-2)|
|12||4/17||vs. Cle||L, 9-8||6-6||W: Perez (0-1); L: Furbush (0-1)|
|13||4/18||vs. Cle||W, 4-1||7-6||W: Vargas (2-1); L: Lowe (2-1)|
|14||4/19||vs. Cle||L, 2-1||7-7||W: Tomlin (1-1); L: League (0-1)|