PEORIA, Ariz. — Rain washed away the Seattle Mariners’ worst performance of the spring.
The Mariners were trailing Oakland, 12-1, in the fourth inning Friday afternoon when showers forced a cancellation at Peoria Stadium, eliminating the statistics, if not the memory, of a ragged showing.
Struggling Mariners starter Hector Noesi allowed back-to-back home runs in the first inning to Seth Smith and Josh Donaldson. Oakland scored five runs in the first inning and two more in the second off Noesi, who gave up six earned runs in two innings.
In addition, the Mariners committed two errors, looked sloppy throughout the windy game and also lost infielder Stefen Romero, who hit two homers and drove in seven runs on Thursday, to a left oblique injury. He left the game with the injury after an at-bat in the second inning. It’s unknown how much time he will miss.
Mariners outfielder Casper Wells continued his hot streak and accounted for the team’s only run with a solo homer in the second inning. The Mariners have hit a home run in every Cactus League game this spring.
Noesi entered the game with a 14.73 earned-run average in three appearances this spring after going 2-12 with a 5.82 ERA in the regular season last year.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said, “He has to figure it out.”
Noesi was the victim of a miscommunication between center fielder Franklin Gutierrez and left fielder Raul Ibanez in the first inning, which resulted in a double by former Mariner John Jaso. If not for that, Noesi would’ve posted a scoreless first inning. But his inability to stay composed again proved to be his downfall.
“It was just a lot of the same,” Wedge said of Noesi. “He has to get over that hump. He gets a couple of quick outs that first inning, some things start to happen, and it just dominoes on him.”
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