Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six in his Double-A debut to lead the Curve to their second straight win over Trenton, 5-0, on Tuesday night at Waterfront Park. Taillon (1-0) did not walk a batter and scattered four hits over five innings in his first Double-A outing.
Altoona provided Taillon with early run support in the first inning thanks to a one-out RBI single by Matt Curry that scored Adalberto Santos from third. With a 1-0 lead, Taillon took to the mound in the bottom of the first in his debut and subsequently struck out the first batter he faced.
It wasn’t as easy the rest of the way through the first but the second-best prospect in the organization did manage to get out of the frame thanks to a great leaping grab by Stefan Welch for an inning-ending double play.
After Taillon struck out the final two batters in the second, he received more run support thanks to Curry and Co. in the third when Altoona scored an additional pair of runs. Ramon Cabrera and Andrew Lambo preceded Curry with singles before the Curve first baseman drove them both in with a double inside the bag at first. To that point, Curry had driven in all three runs and Altoona held the lead at, 3-0.
That was more than enough for Taillon, who actually struck out the first two he faced in the bottom of the third as well. He allowed a pair of hits in the fourth but worked around it and then pitched a 1-2-3 fifth in his final inning of work.
Santos, who had two this on the day, drove in the Curve’s fourth run in the fourth with an RBI fielder’s choice while the final Altoona run came thanks to an Oscar Tejeda RBI single in the top of the ninth.
Hunter Strickland tossed three scoreless innings out of the bullpen, including striking out the side in the seventh, before Vic Black came in for the ninth and ended the ballgame.
Cabrera once again led the offense with three hits while Lambo, Curry and Quincy Latimore all had multi-hit games. Nine of the Curve’s 12 hits on the day came off EL wins leader Brett Marshall (13-6), who started and took the loss today for Trenton.