His second appearance Thursday? Not so much.
Diekman allowed one hit, four runs and two walks in two-thirds of an inning in an 8-7 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. That followed a masterful performance in a 4-3 victory over the Astros on Tuesday, when he struck out three of the four batters he faced in 1 1/3 frames.
"I was trying to pick too many corners and got myself into trouble pretty fast," Diekman said Friday at Citizens Bank Park. "It was bad."
He paused for a moment before he chuckled and added, "After my debut, I had like 75 text messages. Last night, I had, like four. I'm texting all my friends like, 'What? You can't say anything now? This is a joke.' Crickets."