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Noesi not finishing off batters in good counts

Noesi not finishing off batters in good counts

Noesi not finishing off batters in good counts
CHICAGO -- Right-hander Hector Noesi lasted just 4 2/3 innings in Saturday's 12-inning victory over the White Sox, and his continued struggles putting hitters away in good pitching counts continues to be a problem.

Manager Eric Wedge lifted Noesi after he surrendered his third home run, with second baseman Gordon Beckham driving an 0-2 pitch over the left-field fence. It was the third home run Noesi has allowed on an 0-2 pitch in his last two outings.

Wedge wants to see the youngster learn to put hitters away when he's ahead in the count. Noesi, acquired from the Yankees over the offseason, is 2-6 with a 5.51 ERA in his first year as a starter.

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"I think that's the issue," Wedge said on Sunday. "I felt he was getting better with it and he was, which I think presented his success over his last three to four starts. But that was the flip side of it yesterday. When you work so hard to get ahead of big league hitters, you've got to be able to finish them off.

"What I saw was him trying to make pitches instead of being aggressive and making pitches with two strikes. If you try to place it there, you just leave yourself more room for error," said Wedge. "But if you're aggressive with it, you leave less chance for error and I think that's what we need to see him get to. And he was doing a pretty good job until he got away from it yesterday, and he paid for it."

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