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Cannonballs coming: Jameson Taillon fans 11

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-- Jameson Taillon fanned 11 over six innings, but gave up three runs in a 3-2 Indianapolis (17-17) loss to Syracuse.  Taillon allowed only five hits and one walk.  The walk and most of the hits, though, were bunched in the first two innings, leading to two runs.  Taillon also gave up a solo HR in the fourth.  He threw 57 of 89 pitches for strikes.  Since this was a bad start by Taillon's standards, the question remains how long the Pirates will be satisfied struggling along with one of the NL's worst rotations.  (Before their latest shelling by the Cubs today, they ranked next-to-last in the league in starter WAR.)  The Indians had ten hits but did little with them.  Alen Hanson, still playing LF, was 3-4 and seems to have broken out of his slump.  Others:

Adam Frazier:  1-3
Jason Rogers:  0-4
Josh Bell:  1-4
Willy Garcia:  0-4, 4 K
Max Moroff:  struck out as PH (now has 38 K in 95 AB)
Gift Ngoepe:  1-3

-- David Whitehead's control problems continued, but Altoona (19-17) rallied for six runs in the top of the ninth, all after two were out, and beat Richmond for the tenth straight time, 7-6.  Whitehead managed to get through five innings, throwing just 49 of 91 pitches for strikes.  He gave up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four.  Jin-De Jhang, who went 2-5 with three RBIs, doubled to drive in the tying and winning runs.

Harold Ramirez:  2-5, 2B (13-for-27 in last six games, now batting .287)
Erich Weiss:  1-4, 2B, BB
Barrett Barnes:  2-4
Austin Meadows:  struck out as PH
Edgar Santana, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

-- Connor Joe hit his second HR of the season in the top of the ninth to give Bradenton (17-18) a 2-1 win over Palm Beach.  Joe finished the game 2-4.  Alex McRae gave up one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings.  He struck out four.  Luis Heredia retired all six batters he faced, three on strikes, to get the win.  Others:

Kevin Newman:  1-4
Jordan Luplow:  0-1 (replaced for unknown reasons)

-- West Virginia (18-16) lost to Lakewood, 2-1.  Cole Tucker hit his first HR of the year leading off the top of the ninth to tie the game, 1-1, but Daniel Zamora gave up a two-out, RBI single in the bottom half to end the game.  The Power had only five hits, with Tucker going 1-4.  Starter Dario Agrazal gave up a run on six hits in seven innings.  He walked none and struck out three.  Others:

Ke'Bryan Hayes:  1-4
Casey Hughston:  0-3, BB, 2 K
Carlos Munoz:  2-3