Twins avoid sweep in Chicago behind Diamond's strong outing

The lefthander has struggled to regain last year’s form, but his 6⅓ solid innings helped keep the White Sox at bay.

 

– Scott Diamond resembled the pitcher who went 12-9 last season on Wednesday, not the one who is 6-11 this year.

By attacking the strike zone early in the count, Diamond was able to induce plenty of ground balls and zip through easy innings. He set the tone for the Twins, who beat the White Sox 4-3 to avoid being swept in the three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

“It’s taken a long time,” Diamond said. “I’m a little disappointed in that.”

Diamond had bone chips removed from his elbow during the offseason and was a little behind the other pitchers when he reported to spring training. He tried to cram a full throwing program into a smaller window than normal. Eventually he backed off, then wasn’t effective when he took the mound. He was 5-10, and frustrated, when he was sent down Aug. 1. He’s back up for September and, on Wednesday, broke a personal five-game losing streak.

Diamond held the White Sox to three runs over 6⅓ innings on five hits, two walks and no strikeouts. He’s far from a power pitcher, and Wednesday marked the seventh consecutive start in which he’s gotten one or no strikeouts.

“I might have created some bad habits because of [rushing during spring training], but we are slowly getting rid of them,” he said. “It has taken just a little longer than I wanted.”

Diamond entered the seventh having given up only one run, but Jordan Danks hit a two-out, two-run single off him as Chicago pulled within 4-3. Still, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was pleased.

“He attacked the strike zone a lot better and did his job,” Gardenhire said. “That was a huge performance and a confidence booster for him.”

The bullpen took over, with Casey Fien and Jared Burton setting up Glen Perkins for his 36th save.

Hendriks out, De Vries in

After going 1-3 in eight starts with a 6.87 ERA, the Twins have seen enough of Liam Hendriks, at least for now.

Hendriks has officially been lifted from the starting rotation and replaced with righthander Cole De Vries. De Vries, who is from Eden Prairie and played for the Gophers, replaced Hendriks in the first inning Monday and pitched five innings.

It’s been a challenging year for De Vries, who was in the Opening Day starting rotation when he landed on the disabled list because of a forearm strain. He didn’t pitch in a game until late May, then had to work his way up to Class AAA Rochester, where he was 3-4 with a 7.02 ERA. He threw seven shutout innings in his final start for the Red Wings before being called up to the Twins. Now he gets a chance to prove he belongs in consideration for a spot on the 2014 staff.

Fan interest

The Twins still announce crowds of 25,000-plus at games despite the team being on the verge of losing 90-plus games for the third consecutive season. Teams in the playoff race, such as Oakland, Tampa Bay and Cleveland, aren’t drawing many fans.

During a recent 10-game homestand that included games against the Rays and Rangers, Oakland drew only three crowds of more than 20,000 and one of more than 24,000.

Oakland fans usually step up in crunch time, but haven’t yet.

“I know they haven’t drawn great, but it’s been like that for a while,” Gardenhire said. “They are pretty passionate fans. They know more things about my family than I do. When the game is going on, they have some great lines.”

Etc.

• Twins catcher Joe Mauer, still recovering from a concussion suffered Aug. 19, worked out at home for a third day in a row. Twins General Manager Terry Ryan called it “another good day,” although it is unclear how much work the Twins are having Mauer do at home.

• Twins rookies — all 17, plus one freshman bullpen catcher — were put through the annual hazing after Wednesday’s game. Their clothes were hidden and replaced with crazy outfits, with most of the players boarding the bus to the airport in drag.

  • related content

  • Video: Diamond finally throws his kind of game

    Wednesday September 18, 2013

    Twins lefthander Scott Diamond won for the first time in nine starts on Wednesday afternoon in Chicago.

  • Reusse blog: I hate this Twins team

    Wednesday September 18, 2013

    The 2013 Twins didn't even offer hope on Opening Day, when they broke out Vance Worley. And it's only gotten worse.

  • Souhan: Twins must open checkbook for pitching

    Wednesday September 18, 2013

    Signing a premier free-agent pitcher would signal to a highly supportive fan base that the organization is not content to field a disheartening product.

  • Decision looms on keeping or firing Twins' manager Gardenhire

    Thursday September 19, 2013

    Gardenhire’s contract expires after the season. There has been no indication from Twins management whether he will be invited back as the club nears the end of a possible third...

  • Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond delivers during the fir...

  • Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe tags out Chicago White Sox's Josh Phegley in a rundown between second and third during the sixth inning Wednesday.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Minnesota000000000040
Detroit «00100002X340
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:D.Price(15-12) L:K.Gibson(13-12) S:J.Nathan (35)
HR: MIN- None DET- I.Kinsler (17)

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco 0 Top 3rd Inning
Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 0 3rd Prd
Buffalo 5
Carolina 2 3rd Prd
Columbus 2
Pittsburgh 1 2nd Prd 10:58
Detroit 0
Montreal 0 1st Prd 15:52
Chicago 0
Arizona 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Is Paul Molitor the best choice to manage Twins?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close