Mar 4, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) pitches against the San Diego Padres during a spring training baseball game at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Taijuan Walker has now started spring training by pitching 12 straight shutout frames. Obviously, Walker has been very impressive this spring, and he is currently running away with the fifth starter spot. Tai allowed two hits and walked two on Thursday, but he also tallied five strikeouts. Tonight’s performance may not have been as dominant as his first three outings, but his maturity on the mound was impressive.
The 22-year-old right-hander ran into trouble in the second inning. Following a Brandon Moss single, Walker plunked Yan Gomes and walked Lonnie Chisenhall to load the bases with just one out. Walker battled back, striking out Jose Ramirez on a great curveball. Walker induced an easy pop out from Erik Gonzalez to end the threat. Walker’s ability to stay calm in tense situations will be key to his success in 2015, and tonight’s showing gives me a lot of confidence going forward.
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