Having to pitch multiple innings Tuesday night against the Red Sox presented no problems for Yankees reliever Hector Noesi.
“I was a starter in AAA,” Noesi said. “It’s not a big deal for me.”
Thrust into long-inning relief pitching because of starter Freddy Garcia’s ineffectiveness, Noesi shined with six innings of two-run ball in the Yankees 6-4 loss. He gave up just three hits, one of which was a two-run home run to David Ortiz, and helped give the Yankees a chance to win the game while saving the bullpen.
“For me, it feels normal to throw six innings because I have been a starting pitcher,” Noesi said. “Whatever happened in the game you have to forget and keep throwing.”
Noesi entered in the third inning and didn’t give up more than one hit in any inning, including three 1-2-3- innings. On the home run to Ortiz, he thought he threw a good fastball on the inside of the plate but Ortiz put a good swing on it. Ortiz also tossed his bat after the home run, which Noesi said he did not see.
After the home run, Noesi retired 13 batters in a row. He said he did not tire at the end of the game and tried to keep his pitches down.
In an interesting note, Noesi’s outing was the longest relief outing by a Yankees since Kei Igawa in 2007.
“We got a great job out of Noesi tonight,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Did a tremendous job and gave us a chance to get us where we were.”