Minnesota Twins fans eagerly awaited April 13, 2013 because it would be the return one of the most popular pitchers on the Twins roster from 2012, Scott Diamond. Diamond pitched a decent game in his first game back since December 2012 surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow but it was not enough as the anemic Twins offense gave him only two runs in support. The Twins fell to the New York Mets 4-2.
The Twins went three up, three down through six innings. In fact Mets pitcher Matt Harvey gave up only two walks and no hits through six innings. Josh Willingham walked in the fourth inning only to have Justin Morneau hit into a double play to end the inning, Morneau bats after Willingham.
Diamond threw shut out baseball through four innings but got pummeled in the fifth inning, giving up four runs including a home run. Josh Roenicke would replace Diamond and the Twins’ bullpen would shut out the Mets the rest of the way.
Justin Morneau hit a home run in the seventh to open the Twins’ offense (both hitting and scoring) but the damage was already done. Josh Willingham would proceed, in the ninth inning, to drive in Joe Mauer but the four runs given up in the fifth inning put the Twins in a hole they could not recover from.
The Twins will play the Mets on Saturday April 14th to try and salvage a game in the series. The next series on the Twins’ schedule starts on Monday, April 15, 2013 when the Angels of Anaheim fly in for a three game series. Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for continued Minnesota Twins coverage.