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Updated: August 28th, 2012 10:06pm
Diamond has rare bad outing as Mariners continue dominance of Twins

Diamond has rare bad outing as Mariners continue dominance of Twins

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Scott Diamond hasn't had very many bad outings this season, but he was hit with two crooked numbers in the Minnesota Twins' 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

The skinny

Diamond has experienced a pretty rough week.

Just five days after getting ejected in Texas for throwing a fastball over the head of Josh Hamilton, Diamond was tagged for five earned runs in seven innings against the worst offense in the major leagues (according to OPS).

The left-hander, who is in the process of appealing the six-game suspension that was handed to him for the incident in Texas, managed to complete seven innings, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out two.

The Mariners scored twice in the third inning on a two-out, two-RBI double by Kyle Seager. They added three more in the top of the fifth on a three-run homer by Dustin Ackley.

Heading into the game, Diamond had allowed five earned runs or more in a game only once in 20 starts.

The Twins were only able to scratch across one run and one hit against Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma, who went six innings, striking out four and walking four.

Ben Revere drove in the only run off Iwakuma with a sac fly in the third inning. Ryan Doumit added an RBI double with two outs in the ninth off Charlie Furbush.

"Not many hits, not many great at-bats, really," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I don't know what to say. We're just kind of floating around offensively. We've got guys that can hit, but we're not putting anything together, and it's kind of frustrating right now for everybody involved.

"The balls you do hit hard seems to be at 'em. We didn't really hit that many hard tonight. Not enough quality at-bats, and one of those nights where nothing really clicked for us."

The Twins have now scored three runs or fewer in 10 of their last 13 games.

"We've got good hitters," Gardenhire said. "We've got guys who can swing the bats, but boy... It's a pretty inconsistent group out there. I think they can all tell you the same thing. We're trying to figure out what's going on. It's not from lack of work."

Turning point

Ackley's three-run homer blew the game open.

"He got a fastball," Diamond said. "I just left it right in his bat path, middle-middle, and he did what he needed to with it. It just wasn't a good pitch. I didn't locate it at all, and I've got to be better than that. That's what it is, simply."

Numbers game

1-7: The Twins' record against the Mariners

2: Hits for the Twins

13: Errors committed by third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who skipped a throw to first baseman Justin Morneau in the sixth inning

29,854: Tuesday's announced attendance, which marks the smallest crowd in Target Field history

11: The number of times, in 21 starts, that Diamond has completed at least seven innings

Health report

OF Denard Span was scratched from the lineup with more collarbone discomfort. He will go in for an MRI on Wednesday. The lingering pain stems from his awkward landing two weeks ago in a game against the Rays.

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Mariners, 7:10 p.m. RHP Sam Deduno (4-2, 4.24) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (13-8, 3.75)
Thursday: vs. Mariners, 12:10 p.m. LHP Brian Duensing (3-9, 5.28) vs. RHP Blake Beavan (8-8, 5.10)

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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