Hector Noesi has been like most on the Chicago White Sox roster: up and down the entire year. But, Wednesday night could have been the turning point in the season for Noesi as he out-pitched Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber in a 3-2 White Sox victory.
The win snapped a season-long, seven-game losing streak for the White Sox, who had lost 14 of their last 18 games coming into Wednesday’s game.
“He’s thrown really well. He threw really well again tonight. His offspeed stuff looked very good, he kept the ball down and he throws 95.”
For the fourth time in his last five outings, Hector Noesi went seven or more innings. In those last five outings, Noesi is 4-1 and lowered his earned run average from 4.97 to 4.75 in that span.
On Wednesday, Noesi went seven full innings, gave up just two earned runs on six hits, walked one and struck out five on 99 pitches (67 strikes).
Noesi got some run support from the most reliable bat in the White Sox lineup on Wednesday night. Jose Abreu drove in runs No. 95 and 96 with a two-run single in the seventh inning to give the Sox a 3-2 lead for good.
Abreu dominated the Tribe at the dish with a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Through 117 games played in his rookie year in the majors, Abreu’s slash line sits at an impressive .312/.371/.602, with 33 home runs (tied for second in majors) and 96 runs batted in (second in the majors).
The Good Guys conclude their three-game series with the Tribe on Thursday night in Chicago. John Danks (9-8, 4.96 ERA) will take the mound for the Sox in the finale. Cleveland will send right-hander Carlos Carrasco to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
I would once again like to congratulate the Jackie Robinson West Little League on their incredible run to the Little League World Series World Championship game. The parade that Chicago hosted for the boys on Wednesday afternoon was simply awesome. Those kids accomplished much more than winning the LLWS United States Championship.
And the best part is, they played the game the right way and had fun doing it.