That will do, Jameson. That’ll do. Jameson Taillon played the role of stopper for the Bucs tonight and then some as he blanked the Mets over eight shutout innings in a 4-0 Pirates victory.
Taillon not only shut down the Mets (34-29) for basically the second time this week, but he took a no-hitter into the 7th inning to put his name on the map among Pirates nation. Curtis Granderson broke up the no no in the 7th inning with a seeing eye single to right field through a shift to lead off the inning. Besides that single, Taillon gave up another single nd that was it for hits. The rookie making just his second start of his career had the Mets off balanced, inducing them into weak contact and a ton of ground balls all night. Taillon struck out five batters and out of his other 16 outs, 15 of them were ground ball outs and only one fly ball out. Yes, he was that good tonight, folks. What a boost to this rotation and entire team, something we mentioned this team needed and the young pitcher could provide on our podcast this week.
I have a feeling Taillon won’t be seeing Indianapolis again for a long time. He’s here to stay. He finished with 8.0 innings pitched, two hits, no runs, just one walk and five strikeouts. No Ty Kelly this time too so Taillon didn’t have to worry about him!
Also for the second time in a week, the Pirates (33-31) managed to score some runs off Jacob deGrom and hand him another loss. deGrom was matching Taillon with zeros across the scoreboard until the 6th inning when Starling Marte singled with two outs and Jung Ho Kang followed it up with a laser line drive home run to left field to give the Buccos a 2-0 lead and the game winner. Kang’s home run had an exit velocity of 111 MPH. Like I said it was a laser drive that got out of the park in a hurry. Marte added on some insurance runs with a two-run home run of his own in the 8th inning to give the Pirates 4-0 win. Kang’s home run was his ninth of the season, which ties him in the team lead with Polanco and McCutchen. Marte’s blast was his sixth this season and he’s hitting a blistering .335 on the year. As for McCutchen, he went 0-for-4 and now hasn’t homered for 16 games.