Noesi in and out of trouble during first start
Right-hander battles command against Twins
CHICAGO -- Hector Noesi's 2015 debut wasn't pretty, but Friday's White Sox home opener could have been much, much worse than just a 6-0 loss to the Twins.
The White Sox right-hander battled control problems all afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, walking six and giving up four hits while somehow limiting the Twins to two runs over 4 2/3 innings.
"Too many walks," said Noesi, who needed 60 pitches to get through the first two innings and threw 110 pitches (64 for strikes) in the game. "I think that's why I threw in the first inning and second inning too many pitches."
Noesi; struggles started early. He hit the second batter of the game on a bounced ball, issued two walks and surrendered a run in a 34-pitch first inning before leaving the bases loaded.
He also escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning -- during which he struck out the side -- and was removed with the bases loaded in the fifth. Noesi's final totals had a bit of everything: two runs, four hits, six strikeouts, six walks, two wild pitches and a balk.
"When you bounce it and hit a guy, it's probably control problems, and he was all over the place for a while," manager Robin Ventura said. "He kind of did a Houdini there, getting in and out of stuff, but you can't load the bases that many times and expect good results."
Minnesota finished 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base.