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Diamond records first career MLB win for Twins
September 1, 2011Tweet
Former Binghamton pitcher Scott Diamond reached a new milestone in professional baseball on Aug. 31. In just his third Major League Baseball start for the Minnesota Twins, Diamond earned his first victory, as the Twins edged the Chicago White Sox, 7-6, at U.S. Cellular Field.
Diamond went six innings and allowed just three runs on three hits, departing with a 7-3 lead. The White Sox tightened the final score with three runs off Minnesota’s bullpen. Diamond struck out five and walked three.
“I’m always working for the next one, but this is an unbelievable accomplishment,” Diamond told mlb.com. “It’s my first win and, like everyone else has been saying, I really couldn’t have done this without the guys on the team. They made some big plays behind me.”
The Twins gave Diamond six runs in the first inning after providing just four combined runs in his previous two starts - both losses.
Diamond was sharp all afternoon. He worked out of trouble in the first inning, stranding a runner on third with a strikeout, strikeout and fly ball sequence. In the second inning, Diamond induced a double-play groundout to end a White Sox scoring threat. Chicago struck for two runs in the third on a two-out, two-run home run by Brent Lillibridge. Diamond limited the damage, however, by getting an inning-ending groundout from four-time all-star Paul Konerko.
He then pitched perfect 1-2-3 fourth and fifth innings, thanks to a pair of groundouts, two fly balls, a strikeout and foul pop-out.
In the sixth, Diamond allowed a Konerko RBI double but stranded him on second with another strikeout and groundout. The White Sox scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth to make it interesting. Former Stony Brook pitcher and Twins’ closer Joe Nathan saved the win for Diamond, creating a unique scenario of the two pitchers from America East programs playing pivotal roles in the victory.
With the outing, Diamond (1-2) lowered his MLB earned run average to 4.82. In 18.2 innings spanning three starts, Diamond has allowed 10 earned runs on 20 hits. He has nine strikeouts and six walks.