Taijuan Walker was brilliant, throwing a complete game and allowing one run on one hit, while striking out 11 and walking one. He needed just 101 pitches (77 strikes) to throw nine innings. The curveball was a big pitch for him tonight. For parts of this season – he’s been a two-pitch (fastball and changeup) pitcher. He’s tried multiple grips over the years and could never find consistency. But he’s went back to a spiked curveball grip that Felix Hernandez and James Paxton use and he’s slowly gained confidence in the pitch through repetition. There are still times when the command comes and goes, but when it’s there, he’s really tough to hit. The improved curveball also helps his slider – his weakest pitch – which is a work in progress.
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