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Diamond shuts down Blue Jays for second MLB win of season
Former BU ace runs scoreless innings streak to 14 with another gem, improves to 2-0 with 0.00 ERA
May 12, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Former BU ace Scott Diamond pitched seven shutout innings and Minnesota’s bullpen hung on for a 4-3 win over Toronto Sunday afternoon at Target Field. With his second consecutive 7.0 inning masterpiece - tossed against his favorite childhood team, the 25-year-old Canadian improved to 2-0 and has yet to allow a run.
“Scott was fantastic,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He threw the ball outstanding.”
Five days after pitching seven shutout innings in a win over the Angels, Diamond scattered five hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter in his first matchup against the Blue Jays. He threw a strike on his first pitch to 18 of 26 batters and departed with a 4-0 lead. Diamond totalled 101 pitches, 63 of which were strikes.
He escaped trouble in the first inning by stranding runners on second and third with an inning-ending strikeout. Diamond pitched a 1-2-3 second inning, shaking off a liner that drilled him between the shoulder blades and making the putout to first. He left another Toronto runner stuck on third in the third. In the fourth, Diamond surrendered a leadoff double but the runner was doubled off after a line-out to short. He then went 1-2-3 in two of his last three innings, including the seventh.
After going 1-5 in seven starts in his inaugural MLB action in 2011, Diamond is already 2-0 in two starts in 2012. He lowered his career ERA to 3.74 in nine MLB starts and improved to 3-5 in those appearances.
His next start is scheduled to come May 18 against the Brewers in Milwaukee.