Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker struggles with command vs. Athletics

Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker struggles with command vs. Athletics

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Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker struggles with command vs. Athletics

Diamondbacks 10, Athletics 6 

At Hohokam Stadium

On the mound: RHP Taijuan Walker gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings in what was his worst outing of the spring. He said he was battling his fastball command throughout the game. “These games are going to happen during the regular season,” he said. “I’ve just got to find a way to get outs. I did, but the pitch count got up there.” Walker allowed two runs in the first, both scoring on a LF Khris Davis double off the batters’ eye. Another run came home in the second on C Josh Phegley’s RBI single to drive in SS Marcus Semien, who reached on a wild pitch after striking out. “It was one of those days,” Walker said. “I’m glad it’s happening in spring training. I’ll bounce back next time and work on fastball command.” Walker owns a 3.56 ERA (seven earned runs in 17 2/3 innings) in spring training.

At the plate: RF Chris Owings tripled to deep center field in the first inning and added an infield single in the third. He also made a running catch going back to the warning track in right field, an indication of his comfort level at what is a new position for him. Owings still is likely to see a lot of playing time at shortstop but the Diamondbacks are getting him acclimated to right field, likely as an option to replace RF David Peralta against tough left-handed pitching. 1B Kevin Cron lined a two-run homer to left field in the seventh inning off Athletics LHP Sean Doolittle.

Extra bases: Cron made a leaping catch of a throw by RHP Zack Godley to prevent an error in the sixth inning. Walker made a nice play on a ball in front of the plate, picking it up and throwing quickly to second to get a force out in the second inning.

Tuesday’s game: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray vs. Royals LHP Jason Vargas, 1:10 p.m., Salt River Fields.

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