I made a trip up to Clinton to see Taijuan Walker pitch for the Lumberkings on this date in 2011. Walker really had not pitched very well to that point in the season, but he did not disappoint on this day. He went six innings, allowing only two hits and one earned run. He had 11 strikeouts against zero walks. This performance lowered his ERA at the time to 5.68. The Timber Rattlers were held to just four hits.
Walker was pitching in the Midwest League at just 18 years of age. He went 96.2 innings for the Lumberkings, and had a 2.89 ERA, and a 1.117 WHIP and struck out 113 batters. These are great numbers for someone that young in this league.
The Lumberkings’ offense was also on their game as they beat the Timber Rattlers 11-1. Carlton Tanabe went two for three with four runs scored, hitting a double and a triple. Matt Browning had three hits in five at bats and four RBI. Robert Anston went two for four with three runs scored and two RBI.
Taijuan Walker struck out 11 batters over six-plus innings and Matt Browning drove four runs on three hits Sunday, helping Clinton halt an eight-game Midwest League losing streak with an 11-1 victory over Wisconsin.
Walker, the Mariners’ first-round choice in the 2010 draft, struck out seven of eight batters during one stretch as he held onto a no-hitter through five innings.
By the time the Timber Rattlers’ Robbie Garvey ended the no-hit bid with a sixth-inning single, Clinton had opened a 5-0 lead. Browning drove a pair of runs home with a third-inning single before the LumberKings added three more runs in the fourth.
Here are some additional pictures I took: