If there's been a weakness for Twins left-hander Scott Diamond this season, it's been the later innings. Diamond has started games strong, only to fade as the games go on.
That story played itself out again Wednesday, as Diamond allowed three runs in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Marlins in Miami. The left-hander had cruised through four scoreless innings and was spotted a 3-0 lead by his offense but gave all three back in the fifth.
It started with a leadoff base hit by Placido Polanco, who singled softly to center. Two batters later, Jeff Mathis hit his first homer of the season, a two-run shot with the count full against Diamond, to cut the Twins' lead to 3-2.
Diamond again struggled to put a batter away with two strikes, although this time it was Marlins reliever and former Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey, who singled to right off Diamond. Slowey later came around to score the tying run in the fifth when Giancarlo Stanton's groundout to first base plated Slowey for ...