It has been a roller coaster ride of a 2018 season for Jameson Taillon and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Like his team, Taillon has shown flashes of brilliance, but also has struggled mightily at times. Entering Friday’s game at Busch Stadium, Taillon hadn’t tallied a victory since April 8, and his team desperately a strong performance after a heartbreaking loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
Taillon was on point on Friday, tossing eight shutout innings and the Pirates offense scattered enough runs for a comfortable 4-0 victory.
Improving to 3-4 on the season, Taillon gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out six, keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Edgar Santana pitched a scoreless ninth inning, while the Bucs battled Miles Mikolas and the Cards’ bullpen.
Pittsburgh took the lead in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Josh Bell, scoring Adam Frazier to third base. They added another run in the fifth on back to back triples by Frazier and Francisco Cervelli.
A double by Corey Dickerson in the top of the eighth scored Bell to make it 3-0, and Colin Moran’s sacrifice fly later in the inning scored Dickerson from third. This was more than enough for the Pirates to go on for the win.
This was a nice response from this Pirates team following that difficult loss on Thursday night. Hopefully this can be a turning point for Taillon, who finally looked like the ace-type pitcher we have been hoping to see all season. He certainly has the ability to be a shutdown pitcher, it’s just a matter of execution. He did that on Friday night, and the Cardinals’ hitters had no answer.
The Pirates and Cardinals will meet back up Saturday afternoon for the third game of this weekend series at Busch. Chad Kuhl will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Luke Weaver for St. Louis.
Record vs. Cardinals: 5-3
Record vs. N.L. Central: 14-10
Record on the Road: 13-14
Overall Record: 30-27
Let’s Go Bucs!