American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Minnesota, Game One|
(Saturday, June 30th)
Final Score: Minnesota 7, Kansas City 2
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Scott Diamond allowed only two runs in
eight strong innings, giving the Minnesota bullpen some relief in a 7-2 win
over the Royals to begin a Saturday day-night doubleheader.
The twinbill was necessary after a game was washed out in April, and Diamond
(7-3) made sure the relief corps would be well-rested for the latter half. The
lefty matched his longest career outing and continued his superb season by
yielding only six hits.
Diamond's earned run average was lowered to 2.63 after tossing his eighth
quality start in 11 chances. Minnesota, meanwhile, snapped its three-game
The Twins also put together an offensive barrage, with a homer from Trevor
Plouffe and a three-hit, two-RBI game from Alexi Casilla.
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in both of the Royals' runs, but Kansas City saw its
four-game win streak snapped. As he is wont to do, Jonathan Sanchez (1-4)
struggled with his command all afternoon, allowing six runs, 10 hits and
walking six in only 4 1/3 innings.
It's the third time in 10 starts this season that Sanchez has walked at least
six, and he's issued at least two free passes in every start thus far.
Diamond allowed a leadoff single to Alex Gordon, but erased him with a double
play groundout and didn't allow another hit until the sixth.
"Nice start to the day. Good win," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "Always
goes with your starting pitcher, and Diamond was fantastic. He had some quick
Meanwhile, Minnesota built an insurmountable six-run lead.
In the third, Joe Mauer led off with a single and moved to second on Josh
Willingham's walk. Plouffe put the first run on the board with an RBI double
down the left-field line.
Newly-extended Ryan Doumit followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead, and
the Twins exploded for four more runs in the fifth.
Sanchez retired the first batter of the inning, but departed after allowing
the next five to reach base. Doumit and Darin Mastroianni both singled with
one out, and Doumit scored on Brian Dozier's infield hit.
After pulling off a double steal to put runners on second and third, the Twins
went ahead by five on Casilla's two-run double. Span ended Sanchez's day with
an RBI single to center for a 6-0 margin.
The Royals finally got to Diamond in the sixth on a pair of singles and an RBI
groundout and again in the eighth on a Betancourt RBI single, but the deficit
proved to be too much.
"(Diamond) was pretty good," said Kansas City's Brayan Pena. "I was impressed
by the fact that he was keeping it down, and he was mixing up his pitches. He
gave them a lot of innings, especially with this double-header. You've got to
tip your hat to him."
Plouffe's solo shot in the eighth off Tommy Hottovy accounted for the final
The make-up game played Saturday was originally scheduled for April
28...Doumit signed a two-year extension on Friday reportedly worth about $7
million...This is the first time in five Target Field day-night doubleheaders
where the Twins won the first game...Hottovy is the "26th man" recalled for
Saturday's doubleheader, as allowed by the new collective bargaining
06/30 17:13:51 ET