The only thing that could slow down Taijuan Walker last night was the rain the Rainiers were forced to play through in a 5-3 loss to Round Rock. Before the conditions got sloppy, Walker was his usual dominant self.
Walker allowed just two hits and struck out eight (above) during the first five innings before conditions went to hell. here's some more video of Walker striking out Engel Beltre, taken by Jason Cole of Baseball Prospectus
Walker has now thrown 130 innings on the season. He probably has about 15-20 more innings - roughly three starts - before the Mariners likely shut him down.
Double A Jackson won it's third straight game, beating the Montgomery Biscuits, 10-1. Jabari Blash hit a pair of home runs to power the Generals.
Class A High Desert picked up a 2-1 win over Rancho Cucamunga and took the series from the Quakes
Taylor Ard provided the heroics with the walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win for Class A Clinton.
Despite stranding 18 men on base, Class A Everett picked up a 4-3 win over Vancouver in the 12th inning.