Hector Noesi made plenty of good pitches Monday night against Detroit.
The problem was that his mistakes wound up traveling a long way.
Noesi allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of work in the White Sox 6-4 win over Detroit, issuing just one walk against five strikeouts. But Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Eugenio Suarez homered, accounting for all four of Detroit's runs.
"I missed three pitches and that happens when you missed middle up or down (the) middle," Noesi said.
The good news was Noesi only issued one walk, that to the final batter he faced before being pulled in the sixth inning. He generated 10 swings and misses in his 89 pitches -- three on four-seam fastballs, three on sliders and four on changeups.
That changeup is key to Noesi's development, manager Robin Ventura said. It's still a work in progress, but if it continues to grow into a pitch Noesi can throw in any count at any time it'll complete an arsenal that features a fastball with good movement, a quick slider and a curveball.
What Noesi wants to do is repay the trust the White Sox put in him when they claimed him off waivers from Texas only a few days after he allowed seven runs in one inning against his current club.
"Sometimes it's about trust, you know," Noesi said. "Like, I come here and this team gave me the opportunity (to start) really fast. So I try to appreciate everything and do my work. … They believe in me that I have something good, so I try to show them that I can do this."
Noesi's still a work in progress, as evidenced by the troika of home runs on Monday. He didn't give up a home run in his last start, but walked four against Los Angeles (he only allowed one run in six innings).
With Felipe Paulino on the shelf/ineffective and Erik Johnson struggling mightily with his control in Triple-A, Noesi's given the White Sox some quality innings. The hope is he'll not only continue to provide those quality innings, but continue to grow as an effective piece of the White Sox rotation.
"For what he's doing, he's giving us a chance to win," Ventura said. "He's been great."