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Cannonballs coming: Jameson Taillon throws one-hit ball

-- Remember that guy who dropped off some of the prospect lists after missing two seasons?  Well, hashtag time may be drawing near.  Jameson Taillon threw six one-hit, shutout innings in Indianapolis' (8-6) 1-0 win over Louisville.  The only runners off Taillon came on a hit batsman and a groundball single by the pitcher.  He walked none and fanned six, while throwing 62 of 88 pitches for strikes.  Jorge Rondon and Trey Haley combined for three hitless innings to finish the game out.  The only run came when Danny Ortiz doubled in Josh Bell.  Ortiz and Bell each went 2-4 with a double.  Jung-Ho Kang got fhe first hit of his rehab assignment, going 1-4.  Others:

Adam Frazier:  1-4
Max Moroff:  1-4
Willy Garcia:  0-3

-- I got up to Altoona to see the Curve edge Richmond, 4-3.  Jason Creasy gave up one run on eight hits over six innings.  He walked none and fanned four.  The one run wasn't his fault, as it resulted from Edwin Espinal letting a pop fly drop untouched on the mound.  One of the other hits should have been ruled an error, so Creasy should have gotten away with six hits and no runs.  Creasy is what he is:  he sits in the upper-80s, with a serviceable curve and change, but nothing he throws produces many swings and misses.  He gave up some hard-hit outs, as Harold Ramirez ran down two drives at the fence in center and Barrett Barnes reached over the fence in left to bring back a HR.  Jose Osuna had two nice plays at first, snaring a liner with a diving backhand and running down a popup along the right field stands.

Jared Lakind, Jhondaniel Medina and Montana DuRapau followed with an inning each.  The lefty Lakind, a converted first baseman, is interesting because the Pirates jumped him up to AA with just 43 innings in low A and none in high A.  He missed over half of last season due to surgery on a cyst and he'll be eligible for free agency after this season.  He looked good today, apart from spotty command.  He threw in the low-90s with a fairly tight curve and a change that was effective at times.  He walked the first hitter he faced, then gave up a run due to two cheap hits, one a swinging bunt and the other a jam shot that the hitter fisted over the infield.  Medina and DuRapau showed less velocity than I've seen before, as both were in the mid-80s to about 90.  Medina has subpar command and got a couple pitches up, leading to a HR and a long fly out.  DuRapau went 3-0 on his first hitter, but recovered for a perfect inning, with a couple balls hit fairly hard.

Stetson Allie drove in three of the four Altoona runs with a force out and a two-run HR, his second longball of the season.  Harold Ramirez went 1-4, with a pop up and three grounders, none of which were hit hard but one of which sneaked into center.  In three games this year, I've seen Ramirez make very little hard contact.  The Curve have reinforcements on the way, as Pirates Prospects is reporting (sub. req'd) that Austin Meadows will travel to Altoona tomorrow.  Others:

Osuna:  2-4
Barnes:  2-3
Erich Weiss:  1-3, BB
Jin-De Jhang:  1-3

-- Bradenton beat St. Lucie, 9-4.  Pablo Reyes went 3-5 with three doubles and three RBIs.  Taylor Gushue added his second HR, Chase Simpson had a three-run triple and the Marauders benefited from nine walks.  Brandon Waddell gave up just a run and three hits in seven innings.  He walked none and struck out six.  Others:

Kevin Newman:  0-4, BB
Kevin Kramer:  0-2, 2 BB
Jordan Luplow:  1-3, 2 BB

-- West Virginia used three longballs to take a 5-1 decision from Lexington.  Mitchell Tolman hit his first pro HR, Danny Arribas hit his third of the year and Alfredo Reyes hit his first of the year.  Starter Logan Sendelbach gave up a run on six hits and a walk in six innings, striking out four.  Others:

Tito Polo:  1-4
Ke'Bryan Hayes:  1-4
Casey Hughston:  0-4
Carlos Munoz:  0-3, BB