Mariners Game Recap: Prince Tai Leads M’s Past Rangers

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Apr 27, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Prince Tai Dominates in Win

It has been a rough start to the season for Taijuan Walker, but the 22-year-old was very effective on Monday night in Arlington. Walker allowed 1 run on 6 hits across 7 innings of work in the series opener. Prince Tai struck out 5 and walked just 1 tonight. Walker was very economical with his pitch count and 62 of his 92 pitches found the strike zone.

Tonight’s outing was the best we have seen Prince Tai since spring training ended. Walker has now put together back-to-back solid outings, and hopefully he is moving beyond his early season struggles. The Yucaipa, CA product boasts a record of 1-2 and an era of 6.86 across 19.2 innings pitched. He has struck out 19 and walked 11. These are not overly impressive numbers, but they have improved dramatically over his last 2 outings.

Prince Tai will get the ball next for the Mariners when they take on the Houston Astros this Saturday. Walker has had plenty of success against the Astros during his career, so hopefully he can build on tonight’s quality start.

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