Mariners pitching phenom Taijuan Walker was trying to shake off a rough June in which he posted a 9.15 ERA, but got off to a bad start against Mississippi last night after allowing three straight hits to start the game and allowing three ER in his first two innings. However, he was much more like the Taijuan we came to know and love after those first two innings.
Walker struck out the side consecutively in the top of the third inning (two called) and then had a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth. Walker came out for the fifth inning as well and struck out Jason Christian for his fourth and final strikeout of the game. All told, Walker went 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB and 4 K on 73 pitches and picked up the win as the Generals won 11-4.
Joe Dunigan and Johermyn Chavez both homered and Chih-Hsien Chiang was 3-for-5 with a double. Red-hot Stefen Romero remained red-hot after going 2-for-5 with a double and a RBI. Romero is now hitting .408.