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Diamond's gem dooms Wings
Scott Diamond pitched like he had something to prove to his former organization on Monday night.
The ex-Wing tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings as the Louisville Bats beat the Red Wings, 5-1, to snap a five-game losing streak against Rochester this season.
Diamond – making his fourth start for the Bats after being released by the Twins on July 12 – scattered eight hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out three over his 95-pitch (68 strike) outing.
The Wings only runner to third against their former teammate was Wilkin Ramirez who raced around the bag from second trying to score on a single by Chris Rahl in the fourth inning. However, left fielder Ruben Gotay cut down Ramirez at the plate with a perfect one-hop strike.
Diamond was 4-7 with a 6.53 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) with the Wings this season prior to his release. In parts of four seasons with Rochester, the southpaw went 16-22 with a 5.01 ERA in 52 games (50 starts).
Monday marked the southpaw’s first win with his new organization as he is now 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA (9 ER/27.1 IP) in four starts with Louisville.
Diamond outdueled Trevor May (8-6) who allowed four runs on eight hits and four walks over six-plus innings as he suffered his sixth loss of the year. It was just his fourth start this season in which he allowed more than three runs and just the fourth time he allowed more than five hits in an outing.
May allowed a run in the first after a leadoff double from Jason Bourgeois. The Bats added two more in the fourth frame on a two-out, two-run double by Steve Selsky that gave Louisville a 3-0 lead.
A.J. Achter allowed May’s fourth run to score yielding a two-out RBI single to Neftali Soto in the seventh inning scoring Hernan Iribarren, who walked against May to start the frame.
Rahl, who went 3-for-4 on the night, scored the Wings lone run on a passed ball in the ninth. The Wings would load the bases later in the inning courtesy of three straight walks to bring up pinch-hitter Josmil Pinto as the tying run. However, Pinto would lift a lazy fly to right field to end the game.
The Red Wings (63-53) can still win the series with a victory in the finale on Tuesday night. Newcomer Tommy Milone will make his Twins organization debut with Rochester after coming over from Oakland at the trade deadline last week.
WINGS THINGS: In his first game off the disabled list, Chris Herrmann went 0-for-3 with a walk. Herrmann missed 12 games on the DL with a bruised left thumb suffered on July 19 @ NOR…Doug Bernier hit his career-high 20th double of the season in the 3rd inning…Daniel Ortiz (1-for-4) extended his hit streak to 8 games, over which he’s batting .387 (12-for-31).