The Jameson Taillon-Trevor Bauer billing came through on the promised pitching duel, but Cleveland emerged victorious to salvage the final game of the series and snap the Pirates’ 11 game winning streak, with the Bucs falling 4-0 Wednesday afternoon.
Both Bauer and Taillon went seven innings, with the only tallies against either pitcher coming on a third inning, two out, two run single off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion. Bauer (9-6) allowed just two hits and two walks while hitting a batter and striking out 10, while Taillon (7-8) was on the hook for seven hits and a walk while striking out five.
The Pirates rallied in the seventh and eighth innings, putting two men on in both frames, but the Indians got out of both jams with a ground ball and a strikeout.
Cleveland added two runs on a Yonder Alonso home run in the eighth, with one run going to both Kyle Crick and Felipe Vazquez.
The Pirates may have suffered a more substantial loss in the first inning when center fielder Starling Marte was hit in the left hand with a Bauer fastball. While he took his base and was caught stealing second shortly after, he was removed from the game before he took the field in the home half of the inning.
Update: Per The Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel, Marte has a hand contusion, but no fracture.
In related injury news for Pirates outfielders, Corey Dickerson did not play with left hamstring discomfort. His condition is described as “day to day.”
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The Pirates will head home Thursday to start a four game series with the Mets. Nick Kingham (5-4, 4.11) will try to get the Bucs back on track against Steven Matz (4-8, 3.65).
1. Taillon has a 3.09 ERA since May 27. Per Baseball Savant pitch tracking, this is the first time Taillon has thrown his fastball at least 60% of the time since May 27.
2. Crick and Vazquez allowed a run for the first time since June 11 and June 13, respectively (15 appearances for Crick, 16 for Vazquez).
3. Polanco’s nine game hitting streak comes to a close, but Marte’s 16 game streak continues since he did not register an official at-bat.