Taijuan Walker impressive in three scoreless innings

Taijuan Walker impressive in three scoreless innings

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Taijuan Walker impressive in three scoreless innings

Diamondbacks 4, White Sox 1

At Salt River Fields

On the mound: RHP Taijuan Walker needed just 26 pitches to get through three scoreless innings on Sunday, the second consecutive solid performance for the Diamondbacks’ presumptive No. 2 starter. He said he was pleased with his strike-throwing ability and the continued development of his slider. “I even threw it when I was behind in the count,” Walker said. “It was pretty effective. I got some ground balls and a couple of pop flies off it. … I think it’s going to be a big pitch for me if I can continue to throw it and continue to have confidence in it.” He hit 96 mph six times with his fastball and struck out two. After the third inning, Walker shifted to the bullpen to throw another 20 pitches. “I think next start they want me up to 60 so I had to make sure I get enough pitches in,” he said.

COMPLETE CACTUS LEAGUE COVERAGE

At the plate: 1B Paul Goldschmidt struck out twice and lined to short in his last game before leaving to join the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic. 2B Brandon Drury doubled and 3B Jake Lamb drove him home with a double of his own in the first inning. DH Chris Owings walked, singled and lined out hard to deep center field. RF Oswaldo Arcia and 2B Ildemaro Vargas each hit a solo home run.

Monday’s game: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray vs. Royals RHP Nathan Karns, 1:05 p.m., Surprise Stadium.

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