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sweetluis
04-23-2012, 09:20 PM
Scott Michael Diamond

Pitcher
Throws: Left
Bats: Left

No. 58 - Minnesota Twins
No. 17 - Rochester Red Wings

Born July 30, 1986; Guelph Ontario Canada

Received full athletic scholarship to Binghamton University (SUNY),
graduated from Watson School of Engineering, December 19, 2011
http:// (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8ZZIu9PLZY)www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8ZZIu9PLZY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8ZZIu9PLZY)
Signed as free agent with Atlanta Braves organization in 2008
very successful minor league career with Braves including 2008 Minor League Pitcher of the Year
129 games; 51 wins; 30 losses; ERA 3.23; WHIP 1.308
http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=diamon001sco

Chosen by Minnesota Twins in 2010 Rule 5 Draft
moved to Rochester Red Wings after negotiation with Braves


Major League Debut with Twins July 18, 2011 against Cleveland Indians - no decision




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Began 2012 with Rochester Red Wings

Scott has 4 strong pitches and throws them all for strikes. He uses his height to advantage by coming over the top and adding a downward trajectory to all 4 pitches. He needs to keep the ball down consistently.

sweetluis
04-23-2012, 10:14 PM
April 6, 2012
Scott's first game of the season against Syracuse Chiefs. Scott pitched 6.1 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. With great defense and enough offence the Red Wings win 3 - 1

April 11, 2012
Against the Pawtucket Red Sox, Scott pitched 6 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Scott has now pitched 12.1 innings with out an earned run. The Red Wings win 2 - 1

April 16, 2012
The Empire State Yankees were at Frontier Field and Scott pitched 6.0 innings, allowing 9 hits, 3 runs - all earned, 1 homerun, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. The Red Wings win the game 5 - 3

April 22, 2012
In his forth start of the season, Scott pitches against the Lee Valley Iron Pigs. In 7 innings, Scott allows 4 hits, 0 earned runs however Lee Valley had 2 unearned runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts. Scott is credited with his 4th win in a row as Rochester wins 3 - 2. Scott has a 1.07 ERA after 4 starts this season

April 23, 2012
Rochester Red Wings pitcher Scott Diamond has been named the Batavia Downs Racetrack and Casino Player of the Week for the period of April 16-22

Scott has a great following in Upper New York State and we are happy that he is pitching so well for our Red Wings

sweetluis
04-30-2012, 07:56 PM
Sunday April 29

A game that started with so much promise, finished as a disappointing
first loss:-(

After failing to get any of the first 10 batters to first base, the
Buffalo Bisons put on their timely-hitting shoes and touched Scott for 7
runs on 11 hits over 6.1 innings. 6 strikeouts and 0 walks are the best
parts of this game.

A great game to put behind you, Scott!!

sweetluis
05-04-2012, 08:33 PM
Scott pitched 3 stong innings against the Empire State Yankees tonight. A great outing, but short. Scott allowed 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 base on balls - one intentional and 2 strikeouts with his ERA now at 2.60.

Rumors are running in Rochester that Scott is being called up to Minnesota, so that is why he pitched a shortened game tonight.

If that is the case we are proud of Scott and wish him the best.

sweetluis
05-06-2012, 07:26 AM
873 It is official!! Congratulations Scott for your promotion to Minnesota!

sweetluis
05-09-2012, 12:59 AM
Tonight was a fun night at Target Field. Scott Diamond was in command for all 7 innings he pitched allowing 0 runs, 4 hits, one walk and 6 strike outs. Scott is the first starting pitcher to pitch for the Twins this season without allowing a run!!
With some great hitting and great defense the crowd all finally went home happy!!

Mchans24
05-09-2012, 01:29 AM
Looked like Cliff Lee tonight!! Thank you Scott we needed at least one night of glory!

OrangeDisk
05-09-2012, 11:48 AM
Sweetluis, thank you for posting all these summaries and updates. It's a treat to read them this morning after last night's game.

nokomismod
05-09-2012, 12:26 PM
Diamond's pitching was really fun to watch last night. It shows that you don't have hit hit the mid to upper 90's with a fastball to shutdown another team. He was on the corners most of the night and had solid defense (Dozier had a lot of action) behind him.

sweetluis
05-13-2012, 04:15 PM
There continues to be great news from Target Field on Scott's second start, this time against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Scott pitched 7 innings, with 101 pitches thrown, 63 for strikes, 38 balls, 5 hits, 0 runs. Scott has now pitched 14 straight shut out innings in his 2 starts.
Great Game Scotty and thanks for making Mother's Day so much fun for all us mothers!!

greengoblinrulz
05-13-2012, 04:20 PM
i have been extemely anti-Diamond....mainly cause Im tired of 88/89mph guys but mostly cause of his horrid yr @ ROC.
Looking back @ his ATL minor league #s.....he was pretty decent.
7.1 K per 9IP for his minor league career is pretty good for a soft tosser also.

sweetluis
05-13-2012, 05:13 PM
Greengoblinrulz.
It sounds like you think a 22 - 24 year old player can never improve, but Scott's coaches and record would indicate that this is just not true. Scott has had a tremendous if short AAA season, and has carried this success into the Majors.
I for one am welcoming his pitching with the Twins, in a season that had not too much to cheer about so far.
Scott is a dedicated, but humble hard worker that is improving and that to be celebrated. I am sure I am not alone.

greengoblinrulz
05-13-2012, 05:53 PM
I was talking about his 2011 ROC season when I was discrediting him.
Count me as one that hated dealing one of the organizations few hard throwers (and 2nd round pick) in Billy Bulloch for him & he stunk it up last yr, pure & simply.......then got a promotion IMO only to justify the trade (we were also runnin out of pitchers) and wasnt very good in Sept either.
It wasnt yrs 21-23 for me as I said, he had some decent seasons for ATL but was left unprotected after not being drafted. Not worth a young 2nd rounder IMO. Sure has proved me wrong....not unwilling to admit that.
I see in my original post I didnt give him any credit & I absolutely am.
Passionately hate pitchers who walk guys, so Diamond is my kind of pitcher......just frustrated with Twins lack of power arms. He had a solid K % in his minor league career & hope he can somewhat carry that over to help him out. Obviously, take him right now over the incredibly overrated Nick Blackburn & also over the much more talented Liriano.

twinzgrl
05-13-2012, 07:32 PM
Could Scott Diamond be the pitching gem we've all been hoping for? I want to believe it. The Twins need a few things to go right...

sweetluis
05-18-2012, 11:13 PM
Friday, May 18, 2012

Scott took the mound for his 3rd start since being called up to Minnesota against the Milwalkee Brewers at Miller Park tonight.
Scott battled during his 5 1/3 innings, but was able to keep the team in the game, and the teams offense certainly helped, allowing Scott to get his third win of the season and the team to have their first 3 game winning streak of the season!!

In 5 1/3 innings Scott allowed 8 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 3 strike outs, and 1 home run. Scott's ERA sits at 1.40

Interstingly enough Scott's bat figured into the game as well. In three at bats, Scott hit a single in the top of the 5th inning and scored on a Joe Mauer double. Scott's batting average sits at .333

Scott leads the pitching staff in wins, ERA and Batting average!!;)

Ultima Ratio
05-19-2012, 01:14 AM
Interstingly enough Scott's bat figured into the game as well. In three at bats, Scott hit a single in the top of the 5th inning and scored on a Joe Mauer double. Scott's batting average sits at .333

Scott leads the pitching staff in wins, ERA and Batting average!!;)

He should probably be leading off then :) This would also allow us to put Butera in the 9 hole, correctly.

sweetluis
05-23-2012, 10:29 PM
May 23, 2012

Well tonight is not as much fun to write about. Scott battled to keep the Twins' in the game, through 6 innings, but with no offense and not much defense and some good hitting by the White Sox it all added up to a loss for the Twins.

Here is Scotts line for tonight.

6 innings pitched, 9 hits, 5 runs of which 3 were unearned, 1 intentional base on ball, 4 strikeouts and 94 pitches thrown of which 61 are strikes. ERA 1.78

stringer bell
05-23-2012, 10:41 PM
Diamond got absolutely no help from the guys behind him, either hitting or fielding. I thought he threw a lot of good pitches, despite being in the stretch practically the whole game. No problems with base stealing either. He has command of all of his pitches and while he's not dominating, he looks like he can be decent or maybe better than that. It is tough pitching when it looks like one run will beat you and Diamond had to believe that pretty early in the game.

sweetluis
05-28-2012, 08:56 PM
Monday, May 28th, 2012

Scott took the mound this afternoon in a game at Target Field against the Oakland Athletics.

Scott had another quality start going 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs, 9 hits, 1 base on balls, and 4 strike outs. He kept the game close and left with the game tied. The Twins took the lead and hung on to it in the 8th. Scott gets a no decision on this game but happily the Twins get a win and end a 5 game losing streak.

sweetluis
06-03-2012, 05:19 PM
Sunday, June 3, 2012

Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians

I am away from home on holidays and so had to bring along my Sirus Satelite radio to listen to the game. Unfortunately I could only find the game listening to the Indians play by play announcers but the results were good for my favorite Twins player and they could not say enough kind words about Scott, as he pitched a great game.

They called Scott "Impressive" and said he was probably the best pitcher in the Twins rotation.

Here is Scott's line for today: 7 Innings pitched, 7 hits, 3 unearned runs, 2 strikeouts, 0 base on balls. Scott's ERA is now 1.86 With the Twins winning the game Scott is now 4 wins, and 1 loss.

Great game Scott and a lovely way to spend an holiday listening to a Twin's win!!

sweetluis
06-09-2012, 08:14 PM
June 9th, 2012 Twins vs. Cubs

Another great team win! But this is the Scott Diamond blog.

Scott had another quality start today pitching 6 shutout innings against the Cubs, and leaving the game with a 11 - 0 score. Scott allowed 7 hits, 0 runs, 0 base on balls, 5 strike outs and lowered his ERA to 1.61

This was Scott's 7th start since being called up from Rochester, and now has 5 wins, 1 loss and 1 no decision.

Looking at the stats is quite fun when you see that Scott leads the team with a .333 batting average (okay, I know he only has come to bat 3 times since being called up, but that one hit does count!) Scott's ERA is second on the team behind Drew Butera's steller .000 (okay Drew's stats count too!) He is also leading the team in wins with 5, and is third on the team with innings pitched at 44.2 behind Pavano and Liriano.

In The 7 games Scott has pitched for the Twins, he has allowed 14 runs, 8 of them being earned, 4 homeruns and 4 base on balls with 27 stikeouts.

I wonder how Billy Bullock is doing this year? I haven't looked but have also not seen anyone questioning the trade this year. If I can find his stats it would be an intersting comparison.

Great work Scotty. You have been a great addition to the Twins and an exciting pitcher to cheer for.

stringer bell
06-09-2012, 09:55 PM
Diamond does all of the little things pretty well. He was run on in one of his first two starts, but he seems to have a pretty good plan in holding baserunners. He not only has limited his BBs, but he's pitched ahead in the count and made hitters go after his pitch. He keeps the ball out of the middle of the plate, fields his position and seems to rise to the occasion when runners are on base. While he doesn't have dominant stuff, he throws hard enough to have a real difference in speeds between his pitches. I still don't think the outstanding ERA will last, Diamond will get hit at some point, but I think Diamond is a keeper.

striker_86
06-09-2012, 11:19 PM
Yeah, you gotta think this guy will get knocked around a few times just year. I just hope he keeps it going. We need a young reliable arm sooo bad, this would be really refreshing heading into next yeaar!

PMKI
06-09-2012, 11:47 PM
I know he has been performing quite well actually really well but if you were to label him he'd be labeled as a #3 right?

sweetluis
06-11-2012, 09:08 AM
I knew someone in the Twins Daily community would be able to write an excellent article with a view of how the Diamond/Bullock trade looks in 2012, so have included the link, as a reference.

http://twinsdaily.com/entry.php?1265-Diamond-flourishes-while-Bullock-struggles

Mr. Ed
06-11-2012, 09:12 AM
Bullock still fighting control, 24 walks/26 K's in 29 AA innings.

Took one year, but this deal looks a lot better.

Win some/lose some. 1 winner in the Billy Smith ledger. One of few.

sweetluis
06-15-2012, 06:46 PM
June 14, 2012 Twins Vs. Phillies

6 innings and 4 earned runs.

With the recent scoring power the Twins have been showing , this might have been good enough for another Scott Diamond win. But not on this night. The Twins could only find a single run, and Scott was left with the loss.

Scott gave up a solo homerun in the second inning, and a 3 run shot to former team mate Jim Thome in the third. For the rest of his 6 innings Scott demonstrated his usual controlled presence on the mound, and kept out of trouble. 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 1 strikeout and 2 walks complete his line for the night. Scott's ERA has 'ballooned' to 2.13; still best among the Twins' starters.

Next scheduled start is in Pittsburgh, where he'll have a chance to improve on his team leading batting average.

sweetluis
06-24-2012, 06:29 PM
Tuesday, June 19, 20012 Twins vs Pirates

It was an 'ordinary' start for Scott. Not good; not horrible; just
ordinary. So ordinary in fact that I didn't get around to this post
until today.

Scott didn't seem to have his best stuff, uncharacteristically pitching
from behind to many Pirates. The offence was absent, the defence was
uninspired, and the pitching was not good enough to make up the difference.


Scott took the loss with an unimpressive line of 5.1 innings, 4 earned
runs, 2 walks and one lonely strikeout. His record now stands at 5 and
3 with an ERA of 2.57.

Can't wait for the next start against the Reds.

sweetluis
06-24-2012, 06:56 PM
Sunday, June 24, 2012 Twins vs. Reds

Now that was fun! Perhaps 'extra' ordinary is a better word.


Scott pitched a very strong 8 inning, and the Twins brought great
defence and just enough timely offence to assure him a 6th win.
Thanks Josh W. Scott pitched consistently ahead with 79% of his 82
pitches finding the strike zone. He saw a number of major league
firsts today including:


first 8 inning outing
first 7 strikeout game
first time plunking 2 batters in a row
Scott's line showed 8 innings, 3 earned runs, 7 strike out, 1 walk and 1 home run. And that home run by Joey Votto was (in my opinion) quite a good pitch. Perhaps Votto was highly motivated after being 'schooled' twice earlier in the game.

Scott's ERA now stands at 2.67. Sadly his batting average has dipped to .143 and hopes of leading the Twins in hitting are fading. :rolleyes:

Highabove
06-28-2012, 07:39 PM
Tonight on the Season Ticket Fan Form

Scott Diamond credited Kevin Slowey with his success in the Majors.

Hmm?? someone tell Jim Souhan.

sweetluis
06-29-2012, 12:23 PM
For those intersted here is the link to Cody Christie's articile recapping the Season Ticket Fan Forum featuring Scott Diamond and Trevor Plouffe.

http://twinsdaily.com/content.php?730-Diamond-and-Plouffe-talk-to-Season-Ticket-Holders

sweetluis
06-30-2012, 06:59 PM
Saturday, June 30, 2012 Twins vs. Royals

Scott had a another quality start, during the first game of the double header, today against the Royals!

It has to bring a big smile to a Twins fan's face to watch a game where the pitcher is so confident and can go about his business and get the job done!

Scotty pitched 8 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 base on balls, and struck out 4. Scott threw 101 pitches - 65 for strikes. Scott's ERA slightly dropped to 2.63 for his 11 starts since being called up on May 8th from Rochester.

Along with great pitching the Twins showed great offense and defense and Scotts record is now 7 wins and 3 losses.

This win ended a drought while playing doubleheaders for the Twins who were 0 - 8 in their past 4 double headers and had not won a game of a doubleheader since May 8, 2010 against Baltimore at Target Field.

sweetluis
07-01-2012, 06:40 PM
July 1, 2012 Canada Day north of the border

Including a link to one of Canada's National newspapers on a article about Scott Diamnd apparently written 2 weeks ago, that gives lots of insight into Scotty's route to the majors.

http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/06/16/guelphs-scott-diamond-coming-out-of-his-shell-with-twins/

sweetluis
07-05-2012, 10:23 PM
July 7, 2012 Twins vs. Tigers

He deserved better!!

Scott took the mound against the Detroit Tigers for an afternoon game today. He threw yet another quality start, allowing 2 runs over 7
innings, and was supported by some excellent Twins defence and lots (14) of hits. It should have been a recipe for his 8th win of the season.

But the Tigers threw out 3 base runners at home and the Twins left 16 other runners on base and Scott watched a 3-2 lead evaporate into a
no-decision in the 8th inning. The line drive to Scott's right shin in the 6th inning, and the 1 1/2 hour rain delay combined with a late finish to the game the night before (another rain delay) only served to make the game more troubling.

Scott's line showed 7 innings, with 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. His ERA nudged down to 2.62. A nice way to enter the All Star Break. Sure hope Ron Washington is noticing, just in case he needs a couple of substitutes!

greengoblinrulz
07-05-2012, 10:52 PM
interested to hear that Gardy is gonna give Diamond an extra day or 2 off to start the 2nd half.....would assume the ace, if rested, should start game 1. Scot is at 113.2 IP with a high of last yrs 162 IP.
Wouldnt it be more pertenant to keep pitching him & when you're out of it in Sept, shut him down????
Know its only a game or 2 & it doesnt matter, but the message I get out of it is more of what fans/media believe.....Twins have no shot in 2nd half, so why try for the division title.

old nurse
07-06-2012, 12:04 AM
interested to hear that Gardy is gonna give Diamond an extra day or 2 off to start the 2nd half.....would assume the ace, if rested, should start game 1. Scot is at 113.2 IP with a high of last yrs 162 IP.
Wouldnt it be more pertenant to keep pitching him & when you're out of it in Sept, shut him down????
Know its only a game or 2 & it doesnt matter, but the message I get out of it is more of what fans/media believe.....Twins have no shot in 2nd half, so why try for the division title.

They are out of it now unless Liriano pitches lights out the rest of the year, Pavano comes back after the all star break as a more than solid #2, Diamonds arm does not fall off, Blackburn comes back as a solid #3, and Morneau has his brain heal miraculously to pre concussion. They might be auditioning some for next year, but it looks to me like piece it together one game at a time without burning out the pitchers.

sweetluis
07-16-2012, 10:46 PM
July 16, 2012 Twins vs. the Orioles

After Scott having a long time between starts which apparently was planned by the Twins staff, Scott did a good job of pitching tonight backed up with great offense and defense.

Scott in his 8th win this season, went 6 innings, gave up 9 hits, 5 runs, 3 strikeouts and 1 base on balls. Scott's ERA is 2.96.

The outing wasn't his finest as he had an uncharacteristically low strike ratio and was frequently pitching from behind. Fortunately the Twins brought their bats to the game, and Scott was pitchiing with a lead from the second inning. Scott's excellent control seemed to return in the third inning and except for Reynold's 3 run homerun, the pitcher was in control of the game.

I found this link to a interview of Scott last evening on Twitter, for those of you who are interested.
Video: Scott Diamond Joins Chris Long On Sports Wrap, Pt. 1 http://kstp.com/news/stories/S2691280.shtml (http://t.co/Skh2FDog) via @KSTP (http://twinsdaily.com/#!/KSTP)

greengoblinrulz
07-27-2012, 07:18 PM
No complaining about Diamond but......
are people goin overboard with 'he's the ace' talk & a guarranteed spot next spring??
First 7 starts 5W 1L 44.2IP 49h .277BAA 1.61ERA .407slgg 28k 4bb
Next 7 starts 3W 3L 46.1IP 51h .283BAA 4.66ERA .417slgg 22k 11bb

Numbers are similar except ERA in 7 gm increments.....which one is more likely to be seen??
Ive always seen him as a 4/5 starter max......are expectations too high for him?

Bark's Lounge
07-27-2012, 07:30 PM
No complaining about Diamond but......
are people goin overboard with 'he's the ace' talk & a guarranteed spot next spring??
First 7 starts 5W 1L 44.2IP 49h .277BAA 1.61ERA .407slgg 28k 4bb
Next 7 starts 3W 3L 46.1IP 51h .283BAA 4.66ERA .417slgg 22k 11bb

Numbers are similar except ERA in 7 gm increments.....which one is more likely to be seen??
Ive always seen him as a 4/5 starter max......are expectations too high for him?

I agree with you that people are going way overboard regarding his performance, but he is definitely guaranteed a spot in the rotation next season. As it stand now - he will probably be our opening day starter.

greengoblinrulz
07-27-2012, 09:46 PM
Diamond (for next 2gms only) now has enough innings to qualify for ERA title & is 6th with 2.88 ERA AND is 2nd in MLB with groundball to flyball ratio with 1.38 (to Derek Lowe and 1 of only 2 with ERAs under 3 with David Price).....how can that be can--- he doesnt throw a sinker like Nick Blackburn...who's only year over 1.0 was last yr!!! Also now 7th in K/bb ratio with 3.73 per.
He is our ace!!!!

stringer bell
07-27-2012, 10:16 PM
Diamond (for next 2gms only) now has enough innings to qualify for ERA title & is 6th with 2.88 ERA AND is 2nd in MLB with groundball to flyball ratio with 1.38 (to Derek Lowe and 1 of only 2 with ERAs under 3 with David Price).....how can that be can--- he doesnt throw a sinker like Nick Blackburn...who's only year over 1.0 was last yr!!! Also now 7th in K/bb ratio with 3.73 per.
He is our ace!!!!Diamond will pop in and out of the ERA qualifiers for a few weeks, but barring injury and/or (Blackburn-like) ineffectiveness, he should easily qualify. The Twins have two hitters short of qualifying--Plouffe and Revere. Plouffe actually just qualified when he got hurt, but now missing fourteen ballgames, it will take a long time with full-time duty to get to 502 plate appearances. Revere is short of qualifying by about 20 PAs, but should get there in about two weeks.

sweetluis
07-27-2012, 10:27 PM
Minnesota 11 vs Cleveland 0 - July 27, 2012

Great to get back from holidays and watch the Minnesota/Cleveland game!!
Apparently the Kansas City game was a good one to miss, but baseball sometimes works out that way.

But tonight was a good game NOT to miss; especially if you're watching Scott Diamond!

Complete game! Shutout! 3 hitter! 6 strikeouts! 0 walks! 98 pitches! 67 strikes!

I know that's abuse of exclamation marks, but you get the point. And his ERA returns below 3 (2.88) where it belongs. If you combine Scott's outing with some excellent defense (especially the middle infield) and a generous supply of offense (11 runs); it's a recipe for a wonderful team win.

Is it my imagination or are Bert and Dick becoming big Scott Diamond fans! Lol

sweetluis
08-01-2012, 06:42 PM
Twins 2, White Sox 3 - Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Excellent outing!!! Rotten result!!!

Scott was looking to carry his wonderful performance last Friday
into today's start against the division leading White Sox and their
ace, 2007 Cy Young winner Jake Peavy.

Scott pitched another great game going 7.1 innings, allowing 3
earned runs on 8 hits; striking out 3 and walking none. It was
another quality start and should have been good enough for his 10th
win. But Peavy pitched just as well, and held the Twins to 2 runs;
so the well deserved win, turned into a hard-fought loss.

As usual, Scott pounded the strike zone and usually pitched ahead in
the count. Uncharacteristically he provided a number of rather good
looking 0-2 pitches, something he'll certainly learn from.

He left the game following a come-backer that hit sharply off the
inside of his right (landing) leg. There appears to be nothing to
prevent his next start in Cleveland.

sweetluis
08-07-2012, 09:01 PM
Twins 14, Cleveland 3 August 6, 2012

Scott Diamond is a 10!!

Almost overlooked in the jubilation over Justin Morneau's 200th homerun on Monday evening, was the very tidy 10th win of the season by Scott Diamond; an event that the Twins haven't celebrated in almost 2 years. It wasn't a PERFECT 10th win, but it WAS very nice.

It started out a bit on the rocky side, as Scott worked through an ugly error and two base hits in the first inning, to limit the Indians to a single unearned run. The Twins offense delivered 10 runs in the top of the second and the rest of the game was quite relaxing for the Twins fans ... other than for celebrating Morneau's previously mentioned 200th homerun.

Scott's line shows 7.0 innings with 2 Earned Runs, 7 hits and 1 walk. His line doesn't show 3 double plays behind him, which helped to keep the game quite relaxing for the Twins.

His ERA (2.91) is 6th in the American League and his Quality Start %age (71) is also 6th in the AL.

Congratulations Scott on a excellent season thus far.

sweetluis
08-12-2012, 09:15 PM
Twins 3 vs The Rays 7 - August 12, 2012

With each of the first batters in each of the first 2 inning hitting
home runs; it looked to be a very long day for Scott Diamond. But a
Justin Morneau homerun tied the game and Scott found his game.

He went 7 innings leaving with the game tied. Another quality start.
His line showed 3 earned runs, 8 hits, 6 strikeouts and an uncharacteristically high 2 walks.
67% of his 95 pitches were strikes; and with 1 or 2 Twins hits with
runners in scoring position (5th, 6th and 7th innings) Scott might have
left with a lead.

Also notable was Scott showed a flashy glove, catching line drive off Ben Zobrist in the
4th; and a frightening disregard for his pitching hand in deflecting
ground ball off that same Ben Zobrist in the first. Perhaps we can just
plan to walk Zobrist in the future.

A great piching battle between Diamond and Shields today but would have been nice to have seen a different ending in the 10th.

sweetluis
08-19-2012, 07:18 PM
August 19, 2012 Twins vs. Mariners

It was billed as a pitching duel matching Scott Diamond against the Mariners left hander Jeff Vargas. And through 6 innings the game was everything anticipated.

I happen to think that Scott out pitched Vargas; but then this is a Scott Diamond blog, and I am very impressed with Scott Diamond and his ability to pitch.

Anyway, Scott looked great through 6, despite the fact that the home plate ump seemed confused by the outside part of the plate, while Scott was pitching, and the first base ump seemed seemed, to me at least, to call a very close call against the Twins.

The 7th inning was another thing altogether.

First, the Twins load the bases with 1 out; chase Vargas; bring the heart of the batting order to the plate; ... and get 1 measly run on a near-double-play ground ball by Mauer. Then Scott leaves the 10th pitch to Justin Smoak a bit too high and the score is tied. Perhaps a result of fatigue, and perhaps a result of frustration (see previous comment concerning the outside part of the plate), this leads to a 30 pitch 7th inning and Scott's departure after 6 2/3.

His line is quite nice for the game: Another qualitly start, 6 2/3 innings, 2 Earned Runs,
0 walks, 2 Strikeouts, 100 Pitches and 64 strikes. His ERA drops slightly to 2.95.

sweetluis
08-23-2012, 09:00 PM
August 23, 2012 Twins vs. Rangers

Another first!! Scott is ejected!!

I am able to post this early as Scott is out of the game.

In case you missed all the action Oswalt threw at Mauer, hitting his back just below the neck in the top of the third inning, on a 3 - 0 pitch. Why Oswalt did this is beyond understanding. Why hit the team all star? All the announcers for the game said it was on purpose as Oswalt is just too good of a pitcher to miss so badly.

Home plate umpire issues no warnings and Mauer goes to 1st.

Scott Diamond comes up in the botton of the 3rd, retires Elvis Andrus and here comes Josh Hamilton. Scott's first pitch comes at head level behind Hamilton's head and Scott was immediately ejected by home plate umpire, Wally Bell.

Gardenhire comes out of the dugout and you knew his evening was going to be spent with Scott watching the game in the clubhouse. And sure enough Gardenhire is ejected.

Interesting enough Wally Bell calls Ron Washington out of the dugout before the next pitch to Hamilton and issues a warning to the Rangers. The irritating thing it the man who caused it all, Oswalt, it still pitching the game.

Scott's ejection was the first of his career, and I am glad he stood up for his team and Joe.

This is all part of baseball, but somehow to eject Scott who did not hit anyone, and not Oswalt who hit Joe just seems wrong to me. Wally Bell knows the game too. He has been around a long time. This might turn out to a interesting series in Texas.

righty8383
08-23-2012, 09:14 PM
Two things that bug me about this, maybe Diamond got a little excited and threw it high by accident, but he does need to get that ball down. And second, nothing more embarrassing than trying to hit someone and missing.

IdahoPilgrim
08-23-2012, 09:15 PM
August 23, 2012 Twins vs. Rangers

Another first!! Scott is ejected!!

I am able to post this early as Scott is out of the game.

In case you missed all the action Oswalt threw at Mauer, hitting his back just below the neck in the top of the third inning, on a 3 - 0 pitch. Why Oswalt did this is beyond understanding. Why hit the team all star? All the announcers for the game said it was on purpose as Oswalt is just too good of a pitcher to miss so badly.

Home plate umpire issues no warnings and Mauer goes to 1st.

Scott Diamond comes up in the botton of the 3rd, retires Elvis Andrus and here comes Josh Hamilton. Scott's first pitch comes at head level behind Hamilton's head and Scott was immediately ejected by home plate umpire, Wally Bell.

Gardenhire comes out of the dugout and you knew his evening was going to be spent with Scott watching the game in the clubhouse. And sure enough Gardenhire is ejected.

Interesting enough Wally Bell calls Ron Washington out of the dugout before the next pitch to Hamilton and issues a warning to the Rangers. The irritating thing it the man who caused it all, Oswalt, it still pitching the game.

Scott's ejection was the first of his career, and I am glad he stood up for his team and Joe.

This is all part of baseball, but somehow to eject Scott who did not hit anyone, and not Oswalt who hit Joe just seems wrong to me. Wally Bell knows the game too. He has been around a long time. This might turn out to a interesting series in Texas.

My guess is that Bell didn't give any warnings after Oswalt's pitch to allow the Twins a chance for payback. If Diamond had hit Hamilton in the back or leg, then warnings would have been given to both sides - after they were even. But a pitch near the head is automatic ejection - no choice, and then you have to warn both benches to prevent it getting completely out of control.

Miles
08-23-2012, 09:33 PM
Scott Diamond is my new favorite player! Give `em hell, Scott!

righty8383
08-23-2012, 09:35 PM
BTW I would like to add that I wanna punch Roy Oswalt in the face. I was gonna add an angry emoticon but that might give the elusion that I am kidding

sweetluis
08-24-2012, 09:28 PM
Scott has been handed a 6 game suspension by MLB and a undisclosed fine. Announced just prior to the game tonight.
Wow this is excessive in my humble opinion. The news feed said Scott plans to appeal.