Twins left-hander Scott Diamond bounced back from one of his worst outings of the year to pitch one of his best.
Amid his solid effort, Diamond found himself locked into a pitcher's duel against one of the American League's best pitchers, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. In the end, though, Diamond's outing kept his team in the game and the Twins eventually went on to win 3-2 in 13 innings.
Hernandez held the Twins scoreless on just three hits through eight innings and Seattle scratched across one run in the fifth inning to hold onto a 1-0 lead heading into the ninth. Minnesota pinch hitter Trevor Plouffe drove in the tying run with a one-out single to center. It was the first run Hernandez allowed against the Twins in his previous three outings against them. Still, he got through the ninth inning with just the one run.
While Diamond couldn't quite match Hernandez's 11 strikeouts in nine innings, he did get through 6 23 innings -- tied for his second-longest star...