Pirates' Minor League Roundup: Outstanding AA Debut for Jameson Taillon

Tuesday's roundup:

-P- Indianapolis edged Syracuse, 2-1, behind a strong outing from Rick VandenHurk. He allowed just an unearned run on two hits and two walks in seven and a third, with eight strikeouts. Chase d'Arnaud's 4th HR accounted for both runs. It followed a single by Brock Holt, who extended his hitting streak to ten games. Alex Presley and Tony Sanchez each went 2-3.

-P- Jameson Taillon made a successful AA debut as Altoona shut out Trenton, 5-0. Taillon went five, allowing four hits and no walks, and fanning six. He threw 46 of 67 pitches for strikes. Hunter Strickland followed with three scoreless innings and Vic Black pitched the 9th. Ramon Cabrera went 3-5, Matt Curry went 2-5 with a double and three RBIs, Quincy Latimore went 2-4 with a double, and Andrew Lambo went 2-5. Stefan Welch struck out five times.

-P- Bradenton scored twice in the 1st, but didn't score again and lost to Fort Myers, 3-2. Casey Sadler allowed just one run over five innings, but Quincy Miller and Zach Foster each allowed a run, leading to the loss. Mel Rojas, Jr., hit his 5th HR and Alex Dickerson went 2-3 with a double.

-P- West Virginia lost to Charleston, 5-4. Robby Rowland gave up four in a rough 2nd inning that included two HRs, but allowed nothing else through six. Overall, he allowed six hits and a walk, and fanned eight. The Power got shut down until Eric Avila hit a grand slam in the 8th, his 9th HR and fifth in six games. Willy Garcia went 2-4 with a double and Alen Hanson 2-4 with a walk.

-P- State College lost to Auburn, 3-1. Starter Joely Rodriguez allowed the three runs over five innings. He gave up six hits and two walks, and fanned six. The offense managed just five singles.

-P- The GCL Pirates dropped a rain-shortened, seven-inning game to the Braves, 6-2. Colten Brewer allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk over three innings. He fanned none. Jin-De Jhang and Edwin Espinal each went 2-3.

-P- There's no box score for the DSL Pirates1; they may have been rained out.

-P- The DSL PIrates2 took a 1-0 win from the joint Reds/Diamondbacks team in a game shortened to six and a half innings by rain. Mervin Del Rosario and Francis Rodriguez combined on the four-hitter. The offense had just three hits. The two teams were supposedly scheduled to play another game, but it appears to have been rained out.

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