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.
"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."
"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.
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