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Diamond fires six scoreless to beat Cubs
Former BU ace is 5-1 with paltry 1.61 ERA
June 4, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Former BU ace Scott Diamond continued his remarkable 2012 season with another stellar outing on Saturday.
Diamond (5-1, 1.61 ERA) stifled the Chicago Cubs at Target Field, scattering seven hits over six shutout innings in the Twins’ 11-3 win. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter, lowering his season ERA to 1.61. In 44.2 innings since being called up from Triple-A Rochester, Diamond has struck out 28 and walked just four.
With Saturday’s win, Diamond evened his career MLB record at 6-6 and lowered his career ERA to 3.23 in 14 all-time starts.
Diamond has not given up an earned run in his past 13 innings and has made a strong case to be a permanent starter with the Twins.
“He’s commanding the strike zone more than anything else,’’ manager Ron Gardenhire said. “With all his pitches. His mechanics are solid and he’s locating his fastball so much better now. It just the maturation process here as a pitcher and learning and figuring out a bit more. He’s going to take the ball every fifth day, and it looks like right now he’s going to give us a chance to win. He’s not the guy that’s going to strike out 18 in a game, I don’t think. He’s a contact guy, but he’s going to go out there and be a big part of the staff.”