Taijuan Walker allows two earned runs in win over Pirates
by Dan Harris | Phillies Correspondent | Sat, Sep 17th 9:19am EDT
Taijuan Walker allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over 7 1/3 innings on Friday against the Pirates. He struck out five and earned the win, moving to 12-4.
Walker was excellent until giving up a two-run home run to Oneil Cruz in the eighth inning. After a rough stretch, including an outing where he gave up four runs against these same Pirates, he's righted the ship a bit, allowing just three earned runs over 14 1/3 innings in his last two starts. Walker's stuff is not overpowering (he generated just nine whiffs last night), and so even with his strong overall numbers, he's more of a matchup play. If you're desperate, he can be started against Milwaukee next week, be you can probably find better options given his downside.
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