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Diamond pitches well in finale but absorbs loss
Former BU ace and Ontario native pitches near hometown in front of family, friends
October 4, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Former Binghamton pitching ace and current Minnesota starter Scott Diamond closed out the 2012 season for the Twins with another solid outing in the team’s season finale Wednesday night.
Pitching in Toronto’s Rogers Centre in front of friends and family, the Guelph, Ontario native went 5.0 innings and allowed just two Blue Jay runs on five hits. But the Twins’ offense only mustered one run on four hits and lost 2-1.
“The first time coming home and having all the people in the stands, the adrenaline was running a little more than usual, but I felt like I did a pretty good job of controlling it for the most part,” Diamond said of his performance. “I can’t be too disappointed with the way it turned out.”
Diamond, who has been the club’s only dependable starting pitcher this season, finished the year with 12 wins and a 3.54 ERA in 27 starts. He ranks fourth among American League rookies in wins, second in ERA, sixth in innings pitched and starts and 11th in strikeouts.
“He was a real bright spot for us this year, taking the ball every fifth day,” Twins catcher Joe Mauer said of Diamond last week. “He has a pretty good idea. He definitely does a lot of work studying film and studying the other hitters, and kind of one of the more in-depth conversations when we go over a lineup that next day. So that’s real good that he pays attention to those things and he wants to learn.”
“A heck of a year for that young man for us,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Diamond. “He did a great job and threw the ball very well again today. We just ran up against a guy that was really good on the other side and really didn’t give us much of a chance.”
Gardenhire credited Diamond’s strict routine as one of the biggest reasons for his success and now sees the 26-year-old as a lock in the Twins’ 2013 rotation.
“I would say that without even thinking about it,” Gardenhire said. “He’s definitely one of the guys we count on for next year.”