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Taijuan Walker Struggles in Loss, Danny Hultzen Starts Tonight

Just because you’re one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball doesn’t mean you won’t have your bad nights. Especially when you’re still a teenager playing against competition years older than you.

Taijuan Walker, who doesn’t turn 20 until August, went 3 innings against Jacksonville yesterday and allowed 6 hits, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, and 2 K. It was by far his worst start of the season.

Overall this pushes Walker’s ERA to 3.04 over 11 starts and 53.1 innings with 55 K and 20 BB.

Southern League All-Star Joe Dunigan went 2-for-4 with a HR and fellow All-Star Denny Almonte was 2-for-3 in the 4-2 loss. Nick Franklin was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Going tonight is Danny Hultzen, a fellow top pitching prospect along with Walker. Hultzen has struggled a bit with his command but that hasn’t stopped him from being nearly unhittable over his first 11 minor league starts. Hultzen has a 1.44 ERA and 32 hits allowed in 62.1 innings this season.

The game starts at 4:05 PST and you can choose between gameday, gameday audio, or Milb.tv from the Jackson website to follow.