Back in 2008, a then 22 year old Scott Diamond was pitching lights out baseball….for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a farm team for the Atlanta Braves. He was awarded pitcher of the year after posting a 15-3 record with a very good 2.89 ERA.
Since that time, he banged around different minor league teams from the Mississippi Braves to the Gwinnett Braves, getting only a handful of wins and 3.5ish ERA.
The Minnesota Twins picked him up in 2010, somewhat excited about getting a lefty in the farm system. He however didn’t fare that well in AAA going 4-14 with a 5.56 ERA. Not stats that would typically induce any big league call ups. Luckily for him, the Twins were awful last year and needed all the help they could get. They gave Diamond a shot. 7 starts and 39 innings later, he gave up 51 hits and 22 earned runs, posting a 1-5 record with a 5.08 ERA. Things didn’t look too good for the lefty, so back to AAA he went.
2012 was a new year and Diamond wasn’t content with staying in the minors. He worked on his mechanics a bit to make his delivery more deceptive to the batter and it was paying off. In AAA he started 6 games, going 32.2 innings and giving up only 10 earned runs giving him a much improved 4-1 record with a 2.60 ERA. It was time for another call up to the Show.
That brings us to last night. Diamond got his first big league start of the year going against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who owned the Twins out on the west coast just last week.
Trout hit a single to right to begin the game and Twins fans, including myself, were like ‘here we go, another rough outing by a Twins pitcher’. But Diamond did his thing and got Callaspo to ground into a double play. Two down, bases cleared and Pujols grounded out to end the inning.
Scott Diamond went on to control the tempo, allowing only 4 scattered hits, striking out 6 and pitched 7 full shutout innings. Twins fans were going wild at Target Field. They finally were getting the kind of pitching performance they haven’t seen in a long time.
On the other side, the Twins were hitting the ball well with Dozier, Mauer, Willingham, Plouffe and Carrol each getting 2 hits and Doumit hit a 2 run bomb allowing the Twins to put up 5 runs after four innings and gave Dan Haran his shortest outing of the season at 3 2/3.
After Diamond came out Burton and Capps each went 1-2-3 and the Twins notched a rare, feel-good win this season with a 5-0 victory.
Good for Scott Diamond and good for the Twins. This will definitely give him a shot at some more starts this season and, for Twins fans, let’s hope this is the spark they need to turn things around before it’s too late.
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Written by Mike Schlottman
Mike is graduate of St. Olaf College and has been blogging about the Minnesota Twins since 2012.