Taillon Allows One Hit as Bucs Beat Braves

Pirates Home Opening Day starter feels great about where he is.

Jeff Hathhorn
March 16, 2018 - 5:35 pm
Jameson Taillon

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In a couple of weeks he will throw the first pitch at PNC Park this year, Friday in Bradenton, Jameson Taillon really had it rolling allowing only one hit over four innings.

“That might be the best I ever felt in the first three innings,” Taillon said.  “I just felt like my fingers were over the ball, it was spinning really well, putting it where I wanted, especially my fastball.”

Taillon started with 11 strikes in a row and had 16 of 18 first pitch strikes and retired 10 batters in three pitches or less.

“He has weapons, his aggressive mindset is always going to help and today he was out there focused from his first pitch to his last pitch,” said manager Clint Hurdle.  “Good downhill angle on the fastball which makes it hard to hit as well.”

Taillon was also able to work on something that troubled him last year.

“I was telling Ray (Searage) in the dugout after, I was glad they put all of those lefties in the lineup cause that’s something I need to work on, out pitches to lefties because I didn’t do really good against them last year,” Taillon said.  “It was a really good day of work.”

Taillon allowed lefties to hit .313 against him last year compared to .270 for righties and his OPS and SLG numbers were higher against left-handed hitters as well.

Taillon said there is a lot of information out there for batters, so he tries to figure out what they are going to do to him and correct that before the hitter figures it out. 

“He stayed tight on the left-handers, the curve ball had bite,” Hurdle said.  “He had all of his weapons working today, and when that happens, right or left (handed hitters), it really doesn’t matter.”

Taillon’s next start will be a real test, saying “that’s just going to be competing, not working on anything, just going with what I have that day and getting outs.”

“It was very efficient, it was quick and it looked easy,” Hurdle said.  “When you can make it look easy up here it’s usually when you are on top of your game because it’s never really easy.”