The Seattle Mariners are desperate for some offense.
The Mariners will try to snap a frustrating scoreless streak when they open a three-game series with the visiting Montreal Expos.
Seattle lost 3-0 to Houston on Wednesday for its second straight shutout loss. The Mariners have not scored since the fifth inning of Monday’s 5-0 win— a span of 21 innings.
The shutout was the American League-leading seventh of the season for the Mariners, who were blanked 10 times last year. The team record is 15, set three times—1978, 1983 and 1990.
“You can’t win if you can’t score. We know what we need to do,” catcher Dan Wilson said.
The Mariners, who stranded 12 runners Tuesday and seven on Wednesday, had a good chance to end their scoreless slump in the seventh inning on Wednesday when Rich Aurilia appeared to homer to left. However, umpire Dale Scott’s home run call was overruled by the other umpires.
Manager Bob Melvin was ejected arguing the reversed call.
“It’s the way things have gone,” second baseman Bret Boone said. “What can you say? This is no time to feel sorry for ourselves, it’s just the way it has gone. I don’t have any words for it.”
The Mariners’ shutouts came against two of the top pitchers in the league— Roger Clemens on Tuesday and Wade Miller on Wednesday. They might have better luck against Montreal’s Livan Hernandez, who is 0-3 with a 4.58 ERA over his last four starts.
The Expos swept a doubleheader in Kansas City on Thursday, winning the first game 8-0 and the second 7-2. The sweep was their first since April 19, 2003.
Tony Batista homered twice and drove in three runs in the second game for the Expos, who have won just six of their last 19 games. Brad Wilkerson homered and drove in three runs in the first game as the Expos finished with 16 hits— one shy of their season high.