D-backs’ Walker crushes first career homer in return from birth of his child
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Coming off the paternity leave list after the birth of his first child, Taijuan Walker showed a little extra power on Tuesday.
How are we certain skipping his last start to be with his newborn child and wife, Heather, gave him more power? Just look.
In an 8-3 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday, Walker crushed Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz’s high, 96 mph fastball to left field for a home run that registered at 110 mph off the pitcher’s bat and 455 feet in distance. It was the 24-year-old’s first career home run, and the hit tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning.
For a pitcher, it was impressive.
That’s 455 feet!
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That HR by Walker had hightest exit velocity by a pitcher not named Madison Bumgarner since Statcast was introduced in 2015.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) July 26, 2017
On the mound, Walker pitched six frames, allowing three hits and two runs (only one was earned) along with a walk and six strikeouts.