Interleague Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, June 18th
(All times eastern)
Seattle Mariners (29-39) at Arizona Diamondbacks (32-34), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Hector Noesi (2-7, 5.54)
Arizona - Wade Miley (7-3, 2.39)
(Sports Network) - Wade Miley suffered the definition of a tough-luck loss
last time out. The way Arizona's offense has continued to struggle, there is
no guarantee he'll be in line for any run support tonight either.
Nonetheless, Miley takes the mound Monday night for the Diamondbacks as they
try to snap a seven-game losing streak to the visiting Seattle Mariners in the
opener of a three-game series.
Miley has allowed one run or less in six of his past 10 appearances and that
includes last Wednesday's start against the Rangers. The left-hander allowed
one run on three hits and a walk in 7 2/3 frames of work while striking out a
career-high eight batters, but suffered a 1-0 loss.
Miley, who has allowed two runs in his past two outings (15 2/3 innings), fell
to 7-3 with a 2.39 earned run average in 13 games (10 starts) this season and
faces the Mariners for first time.
The 25-year-old's outing was one of three times that Arizona was shut out on
its 2-4 road trip, with the club plating 17 runs on the swing. However, 11 of
those came in last Thursday's win over the Rangers and another five were
plated in Friday's blanking of the Angels.
The Diamondbacks then suffered a pair of 2-0 defeats to the Angels, dropping
Sunday's rubber match despite an excellent outing from Ian Kennedy.
Kennedy gave up two runs and struck out six without a walk over the eight-
inning complete game, but still fell to 5-7 on the season. Jason Kubel had two
of Arizona's four hits.
"It was a great performance by Kennedy," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson
said. "We have to be more consistent, we're struggling offensively. It's
frustrating, but tomorrow is a new day."
That new day brings an opponent in Seattle that hasn't lost to the
Diamondbacks in seven straight meetings since a 5-3 defeat at home on July 16,
2001 and not in Arizona since July 17 of the previous year. The Mariners have
won five straight series versus the D-Backs since Arizona took two of three at
home in 1998.
Hector Noesi will look to keep Seattle's winning streak in this series intact
as he faces Arizona for the first time.
The right-hander is winless in his past seven outings (0-4), but like Miley is
coming off a tough-luck defeat. Noesi gave up a run on five hits and three
walks over seven innings versus the Padres on Wednesday, but took a 1-0
setback to fall to 2-7 with a 5.54 ERA in 13 starts this year.
Noesi, 25, is also 0-3 with an 8.15 ERA in seven outings on the road in 2012.
Seattle rebounded from Friday's loss to San Francisco that stretched its
losing streak to six straight with a pair of wins to claim the series. The
Mariners took Sunday's rubber match 2-1 thanks to Justin Smoak's game-winning
RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, which plated pinch-runner Munenori
Kawasaki from second base.
"I tried to get a pitch to hit and not try to do too much," said Smoak. "I got
a changeup right over the plate and put a good swing on it."
Smoak's heroics came after Tom Wilhelmsen escaped a bases-loaded jam in the
top of the ninth unharmed. Starter Felix Hernandez allowed a run over seven
innings in a no-decision.
06/18 10:49:53 ET
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