Mariners prized pitching prospect Taijuan Walker put together another strong outing for Double A Jackson last night. Walker pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and just two walks in Jackson’s 9-1 win.

Walker has allowed only 2 earned runs in his last 5 starts (6 R), lowering his season ERA from 7.20 to 1.54. Overall this season, he is 3-2 with a 1.54 ERA (6 ER, 35.0 IP) in6 starts. He has limited opponents to a .150 (18×120) average, while walking 20 and striking out 39.

At this rate, he could be joining Triple A Tacoma sooner rather than later.

The Tacoma Rainiers continue to play well and win games. Andrew Carraway pitched six good innings and the Rainiers rallied from a 2-1 deficit for a 4-2 win. In that story, Todd Milles does a nice job of talking to Rainiers manager Daren Brown and infielder Nick Franklin about his torrid start.

“Honestly, it is out of my control, so I am not worried about it at all,” Franklin said. “If I don’t, I don’t. It’s not like I am going to be upset. I almost got traded this offseason, so you never know. It’s kind of thrown out there like pixie dust.”