The Arizona Diamondbacks have not scored in 21 innings, but they
are hoping a return home to face the pitcher with baseball’s worst
road ERA can wake up their slumbering bats.
The Diamondbacks have also lost seven straight meetings with the
Seattle Mariners heading into Monday night’s matchup with Hector
Noesi in the opener of a three-game set.
Arizona (32-34) finished with four hits in Sunday’s 2-0 road
loss to starter Garrett Richards and the Los Angeles Angels, one
day after managing one hit while losing by the same score.
“This is kind of a recurring theme for us,” manager Kirk Gibson
said. “Not to take anything away from (Richards), but we’ve
obviously got to make some adjustments. … It’s frustrating, but
we’ll regroup and we’ll get home.”
Chris Young went 1 for 11 over the weekend, Willie Bloomquist
was 1 for 8 and Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero each went 1 for
“Guys are grinding, but maybe we’re pressing a little bit too
much,” Young said. “We have to make adjustments faster than we
The Diamondbacks, who have won five straight at home, hope to
take advantage of their first look at Noesi (2-7, 5.54 ERA).
Noesi is 0-4 with a 5.04 ERA in his last seven outings. He
pitched well last Wednesday against San Diego, yielding one run
over seven innings, but got charged with a 1-0 home defeat.
It’s been a different story on the road, where the right-hander
is 0-3 in seven starts with an 8.15 ERA – worst among major league
Manager Eric Wedge may be tempted to have a quick hook ready for
Noesi. Mariners relievers have thrown 17 consecutive scoreless
innings and own a major league-best 1.31 ERA in June.
Seattle (29-39) is beginning a six-game interleague trip. Its
last three road series against NL opponents have been sweeps – the
Mariners swept the Padres and were swept by the Nationals last year
before taking all three games in Colorado from May 18-20.
The Mariners would like to see Ichiro Suzuki get untracked. The
Japanese superstar is hitting .196 over his last 13 games, going 1
for 12 over the weekend as Seattle won two of three at home over
Suzuki, who is one hit shy of reaching 2,500, is batting .387
during the Mariners’ seven-game win streak over the Diamondbacks,
which includes sweeps in 2006 and 2009. He’s fourth on the all-time
list with 291 interleague hits and has the most stolen bases with
The Mariners have never faced probable Arizona starter Wade
Miley (7-3, 2.39), who gave up one run over 7 2-3 innings last
Wednesday but got saddled with a 1-0 defeat at Texas.
Miley’s victory total trails only the Rangers’ Yu Darvish among
The left-hander is also a threat at the plate, as his nine hits
in 23 at-bats lead all major league pitchers.