Pitcher Taijuan Walker delivered on opening night for the Mariners. Walker pitched 7.0 score scoreless innings and allowing only 1 hit with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts. It was a gem of a performance for Walker who spent the last two years recovering from Tommy John surgery. Friday night was Walker’s first start in Seattle since Sept. 30, 2016, when he won his final outing for the Mariners before being traded to Arizona that winter.
“It was just fun going out there, going deep into the game. It’s been a long while,” Walker said. “But I felt good. Honestly, I didn’t feel tired. I didn’t feel like I was breathing hard. Honestly, I feel like I could have gone more.”
In addition to Walker’s gem the Mariners got some clutch hitting from the Kyle’s. Kyle Lewis banged out two more hits to run his hit streak to eight consecutive games. It was Lewis fifth consecutive multi hit game. Kyle Seger did his part with a 4th inning double to right field that got the Mariners on the board with two runs. Lewis and Seager have both tallied 8 RBI so far this season, T3rd in the Majors, trailing only Nelson Cruz (11) and Dansby Swanson (11).Lewis and Seager are the only pair of teammates in the Majors each with 8 RBI so far this year.
Shortstop J.P Crawford proved that your first does not need to be Kyle to contribute. Crawford was 2-for 4 with a pair of scored runs to bring his season average to 393.