TACOMA, Wash. -- Taijuan Walker turned in a 9.0 inning shutout as the Tacoma Rainiers rolled to a 2-0 win over Oklahoma City at Cheney Stadium on Tuesday night. The victory completes a four-game series sweep for Tacoma over the RedHawks in the final meeting between the two clubs this season.
Walker limited Oklahoma City to four hits, one walk and struck out eight on the way to collecting the first shutout victory of his career. The outing marked the right-hander's first complete game since tossing all 9.0 innings against Great Lakes while at Single-A Clinton on June 13, 2011.
Walker is now the first Rainiers pitcher to toss a 9.0 inning shutout since left-hander James Paxton accomplished the feat at Tucson on July 8, 2013.
Xavier Nady provided all the offense the Rainiers needed at the plate. The outfielder belted a two-run home run - his second with Tacoma this season - that ultimately helped stretch the Rainiers winning streak to four games.
Tacoma's lineup combined to collect a total of five hits against the RedHawks. Along with Nady, Ty Kelly, Jesus Sucre, Leury Bonilla and Major League rehabber Justin Smoak each collected hits. Michael Saunders and Corey Hart, who are also on rehab assignments with the Rainiers, each went hitless in seven combined at-bats.
The Rainiers (37-41) enjoy a day off tomorrow before beginning a four-game series at El Paso on Thursday, June 26. Right-hander Matt Palmer (1-4, 4.76) is scheduled to start for Tacoma during the series opener against Chihuahuas right-hander Donn Roach (0-1, 3.57) First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
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