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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scott Diamond is my new favorite player! Give `em hell, Scott!
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
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.