Taijuan Walker’s golden right arm continues to rack up the W’s as the Phillies keep their wild-card hopes alive by taking two of three in a series against the Kansas City Royals. The Phillies currently have 61 wins and are battling with Lamonte Wade Jr.’s San Francisco Giants for the top Wild Card spot in the NL.
Walker didn’t have his best stuff, but he gutted out another quality start and boosted his MLB-leading win total to 13 against just four losses.
Fly Tai gutted out 95 pitches over seven innings, giving up seven hits, four runs and a walk. He struck out just two, but recorded 12 fly-ball outs in a 8-4 Phillies win over the down-trodden Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Great bounce back innings from Taijuan Walker today after a shaky start.
He’s in line for his 13th win of the season. Final line today:
7 IP 7 H 4 R 4 ER 1 BB 2 K
95 pitches, 57 strikes
— Donovan Vogel (@Donnie_BROgel) August 6, 2023
Walker struggled through his first couple of innings, going down 4-3 after a Royals homer by MJ Melendez, but the poised workhorse settled down to throw five scoreless innings in a row before relinquishing the rock to the bullpen.
Walker, who was unfathomably left of the NL All-Star team is now elevating himself into the Cy Young race and he could potentially reach Black Ace status if he keeps pitching deep into games and getting some breaks here and there. The Phillies playoff life depends on it.
The veteran hurler has been gaining momentum since the season progressed and the Phillies began to gain confidence that they could make a return to the World Series.