Mariners-Diamondbacks Preview

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

7.

“Guys are grinding, but maybe we’re pressing a little bit too

much,” Young said. “We have to make adjustments faster than we

are.”

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

qualifiers.

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

San Francisco.

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

67.

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

rookies.

The left-hander is also a threat at the plate, as his nine hits

in 23 at-bats lead all major league pitchers.