TACOMA, Wash. – Taijuan Walker tossed six scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut as the Tacoma Rainiers edged the Fresno Grizzlies 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Walker limited the Grizzlies to three hits and did not allow a runner to advance past second base in his first start since earning a promotion from Double-A Jackson on June 22. The 20-year-old right-hander struck out four batters and issued two walks.
Abraham Almonte was responsible for tallying the lone run in the series finale between the two clubs. The outfielder’s third home run with the Rainiers this season was a two-out solo shot in the fifth inning that ultimately guided the Rainiers to a third consecutive win.
Tacoma collected a combined five hits in the contest, including a single hit by shortstop Brad Miller later in the fifth. Miller has now hit safely in each of his last 21 games - the second-longest hitting streak strung together by a Rainiers player this season.
Outfielder Carlos Peguero was the only Rainiers player to turn in a multi-hit effort and ended the night going 2-for-3 with a double.
Relievers Josh Kinney (1.0) and Bobby LaFromboise (2.0) combined to record a pair of strikeouts over 3.0 perfect innings of work out of the bullpen. LaFromboise picked up the final six outs for the Rainiers to earn his third save this season.
At 47-33, Tacoma boasts the best record in the Pacific Coast League and owns a 2.5-game lead over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox for first place in the Pacific Northern Division.
The Rainiers enjoy a scheduled league day off tomorrow before opening a four-game series with the Las Vegas 51s on Thursday, June 27. Left-hander Danny Hultzen (3-1, 2.78) is expected to make his first start for Tacoma since an extended stint on the disabled list. Right-hander Chris Schwinden (3-7, 6.37) will start for Las Vegas.
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