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Cannonballs coming: Jameson Taillon throws seven shutout innings

West Virginia was off.

-- Jameson Taillon had another outstanding outing, going seven innings for the second straight time in Indianapolis' (13-11) 1-0, 12-inning win over Durham.  Taillon allowed two hits, walked one, fanned three and threw just 89 pitches.  He retired 16 straight at one point.  It's getting harder and harder to see how the Pirates can wait until June to make pitching changes, with Jon Niese getting worse with every start, the rotation generally not competitive with other contenders, and the team's strategy of making up for an inadequate rotation with a deep bullpen looking like a miserable failure.  Taillon has been consistently effective and increasingly efficient, and shows no evidence of having missed two years.

The Indianapolis hitters meanwhile couldn't get anything going, as Durham starter Matt Andriese fanned 14 in seven innings.  Guido Knudson and Jorge Rondon followed Taillon with a combined five scoreless innings.  Adam Frazier finally won the game with a two-out, bases loaded single.  Frazier finished 2-5 and Josh Bell 3-5.  Others:

Cole Figueroa:  0-5, 3 K
Willy Garcia:  2-4, 2B

-- Altoona (10-15) got destroyed by Erie, 14-0.  Starter David Whitehead continued his struggles, giving up five runs in the first inning.  He ended up taking one for the team, as he was left in for 14 hits and ten runs, six earned, in four and two-thirds innings.  Harold Ramirez went 3-4.  Others:

Austin Meadows:  1-4
Barrett Barnes:  1-4

-- Bradenton (12-14) beat St. Lucie, 5-1.  Jerrick Suiter (pictured) went 4-4 and Connor Joe went 1-3 with a walk and his first HR of the year.  Elvis Escobar added a double and a triple.  Starter Alex McRae gave up one run on seven hits and a walk in six innings.  He struck out two.  Others:

Pablo Reyes:  1-4
Kevin Kramer:  1-4
Edgar Santana:  2 IP, BB, 2 K