Taillon rocked in Curve loss
From Mirror reports
AKRON, Ohio – Jameson Taillon looked like anything but the No. 2 pitching prospect in the Pirates organization on Saturday night.
Taillon, No. 2 in the system as ranked by Baseball America, allowed 10 runs in just 3 1/3 innings pitched as the Curve fell to Akron, 10-3, before 8,056 at Canal Park on Saturday.
The 10 runs gave up were a career-high for the No. 2 overall pick in 2010. The most he had given up before Saturday was eight runs when he was with Single-A Bradenton last season. Taillon allowed 13 hits in the loss, his seventh this season.
Taillon has not picked up a win since May 24 when he beat Richmond, pitching five innings.
The Aeros quickly shelled Taillon, scoring five runs in the first inning. Four of the runs came before the Curve could record an out. Taillon then gave up five more runs in the fourth inning. Jesus Aguliar’s three-run homer ended the Taillon’s night.
Aguilar finished the game with four RBIs. Ronny Rodriguez and Giovanny Urshela each drove in two runs. Carlos Moncrief went 4-for-4 as the Aeros finished with 18 hits.
Offensively for the Curve, only Alex Dickerson and Charlie Cutler finished with multiple hits. The loss is the first since the All-Star break for the Curve.
Altoona has one more game with Akron today before returning home for seven games.
Polanco to start Future’s Game
Curve center fielder Gregory Polanco will start today’s Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field as apart of the All-Star Game’s festivities.
Polanco, who is the No. 1 position player prospect in the Pirates system according to Baseball America, has played 22 games for the Curve this season after being called up from Single-A Bradenton in the middle of June.
With the Curve, Polanco has hit .287, driving in 18 runs. In 57 games with the Marauders at the start of the season, the 6-foot-4-inch drove in 30 runs and hit .312.
Key player: Akron RF Carlos Moncrief went 4-for-4.
Key play: Akron 1B Jesus Aguilar hit a three-run homer, capping off a four RBI night.
Key stat: The 10 runs allowed by RHP Jameson Taillon were a career-high.
How they scored
Bottom 1st: Ramirez singled, scored on Rodriguez double (0-1); Rodriguez doubled, scored on Aguilar single (0-2). Holt singled, Aguilar singled, both scored Urshela double (0-4). Moncrief singled, scored on Lowery ground out (0-5).
Top 4th: Dickerson singled, scored on Vasquez double (1-5); Howard walked, Vasquez doubled, both scored on error by Rodriguez (3-5).
Bottom 4th: Lawson singled, scored on Rodriguez single (3-6); Ramirez singled, scored on Holt single (3-7); Rodriguez singled, Holt singled, both scored on Aguilar homer (3-10).