|Scott Diamond allowed just three hits through six innings|
Thursday, but couldn't get through the seventh without help.
It came against the White Sox, one of the few teams indisputably worse than the Twins, but it still had the left-hander feeling a good bit better about his pitching.
Me being me, I'm struck by what didn't happen in his outing: A strikeout.
Diamond got 19 outs, and none of them on strikes. For the season, Diamond is averaging just 3.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The American League average is 7.6, so Diamond's K rate is less than half the average.
I had to laugh when I came across this phrasing in the Pioneer Press gamer: "... Diamond failed to record a strikeout for just the third time this season ..." The implication is that it's common for starters to get a zero in that part of the linescore.
It isn't. Going K-less in three starts in a season is unusual. And not a good sign.