CHICAGO -- It's not as if this hasn't happened before. The names of lesser-known, average pitchers that have shut down the Seattle Mariners isn't small or exclusive. Names like Robbie Ross Jr., Collin McHugh, Nick Tepesch, Nick Hahn and Josh Tomlin are penciled on there.
With an offense that is as inconsistent and prone to scoring droughts as the Mariners, an opponent's fifth starter can suddenly look like an All-Star during any given start.
But Hector Noesi?
After all, the Mariners endured countless Noesi starts and relief appearances where his above-average stuff was crushed because of less-than-average focus.
Still, the former Mariner pitcher tossed 62/3 scoreless innings against his old team, leading the White Sox to a 1-0 win on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
The game wasn't a slugfest, with just seven combined hits between the teams.
The White Sox only managed two hits, but scored a run on a wild pitch by Seattle starter Taijuan Walker in the first inning.
The Mariners had a few chances, most notably after forcing Noesi from the game in the seventh inning.
Seattle loaded the bases with two outs for Robinson Cano. But Eric Surkamp got Cano to fly out to center to end the inning.
The Mariners were 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners.
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