LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lloyd McClendon has been using his bullpen a lot more than he desired, and that makes the Seattle Mariners manager very unhappy.
Taijuan Walker failed to pitch into the fifth inning for the second straight outing, giving up five runs, six hits and four walks on Wednesday night in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Last Friday at Oakland, the right-hander surrendered nine runs and nine hits through 3 1-3 innings in his first start of the season.
“His velocity was fine. He’s just got to control the strike zone a little better,” McClendon said. “We’ve got to get better efforts from our starters. We’ve got to get deeper into ballgames. We’ve got a real good bullpen, but they won’t be worth a darn if we keep running them out there.”
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