Hector Noesi pitched what might have been his best outing as a White Sox starter so far this season.
But as his catcher said after the game, it wasn't good enough.
Noesi was hardly the reason the Sox fell, 5-1, to the D-backs on Sunday. Opposing pitcher Chase Anderson, making his major league debut, was excellent for Arizona, all but silencing the Sox offense. Noesi's line was a pretty good one, as the righty allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings. He repeatedly worked out of jams and said he felt good after throwing a career-high 117 pitches.
It was likely Noesi's finest start since joining the Sox, though he's now 0-2 in three starts with the South Siders and 0-3 on the season as a whole.
"You know, he gave us a chance," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He was around the zone, threw strikes, all that. It’s too bad for him. He pitched a good game, and nobody else showed up."
That's not to say Noesi was unhittable — as Anderson often seemed to be. He allowed a lot of hits, and one in particular was pretty damaging: a fifth-inning, two-run homer off the bat of Gerardo Parra. But other than that, by all those evaluating the start, it was a solid outing.
“He was pretty good," Flowers said. "With the exception of a fastball that ended up over the middle and a little bad luck to start the game out, he did a good job of not letting that turn into more than one run at that point, other than that just the pitch to Parra, I thought he did a pretty good job using his changeup and mixing the fastballs in and out. All in all, it wasn't good enough (to get a win), but he did very well.”
"Everything was working today," Noesi said. "Just one pitch that I missed up."