TAIJUAN WAS JUST OKAY — WHY DO PHILS STILL START HIM?

By Peter Marks

Taijuan Walker allowed three runs with four strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles.

After a clean first inning, Walker worked around two baserunners in the second.

A double, base hit, and a sacrifice fly brought the first run across for the Orioles in the third inning.

Anthony Santander then led off the fourth with a solo homer.

Walker would pitch into the sixth, giving up the go-ahead run on two hits and a sacrifice fly before leaving with two outs.

He ended the day with a 5.33 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and a 40/18 K/BB ratio across 49 innings.

He lines up for a start against the Diamondbacks in Philadelphia on Friday.

“I didn’t really have a feel for it, and the curveball was working really well,” Walker said after picking up his first loss in three starts this June.

“It kind of seemed like when I had two strikes the first couple innings they were looking for the splitter. But I feel like I’ve had most of my success because of my splitter, so I definitely want to get that back.”

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