Hector Noesi takes another step forward for White Sox

Hector Noesi takes another step forward for White Sox
May 28, 2014, 11:15 pm
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Hector Noesi owns the second-longest losing streak in the majors, but you wouldn’t know it the way he has pitched of late.

The starter limited the Cleveland Indians to a run over 7 1/3 innings and the White Sox rallied for a 3-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.

Noesi, who is winless in 14 decisions dating back to May 6, 2012, made a third quality start in his last four outings as he continues to convert from the bullpen into the starting rotation.

“He's really transitioned well from going as the long guy in the bullpen to being a starter,” White Sox starter Robin Ventura said. “I think he's gotten a better feel for some different pitches just because now he's going through the lineup a couple times and he's able to get a feel for it instead of being in there for an inning or an inning and a half. He's progressed fairly well as far as the strength and endurance of being a starter.”

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The White Sox claimed Noesi off waivers from Texas last month, which had grabbed him from Seattle earlier in April. At the time Noesi was strictly a long reliever, though he was a starter as recently as 2012.

With injuries to Chris Sale and Felipe Paulino and Erik Johnson in the minors, the White Sox figured they would take a chance on Noesi. Pitching coach Don Cooper has worked with Noesi on the position of his head in his delivery and other technical aspects while also adding a cut-fastball to his repertoire.

Noesi has responded well to the changes and Wednesday is the best effort he has had since joining the South Siders. He didn’t walk a batter and only allowed a run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings.

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Noesi — who threw strikes on 67 of 96 pitches — has completed at least six innings in each of his last four starts and has a 3.86 ERA in his last five outings covering 30 1/3 innings.

“That’s what I want, that’s what I’m working hard for, (going) deeper,” Noesi said. “I want to throw a complete game and maybe it’s going to take a few weeks, but I’m trying to get that and go deeper every time.”