PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Jameson Taillon struck out four and didn’t allow a run in his first two innings ever facing the Pirates as a member of the New York Yankees. Bucs would win the 7-inning game, 3-2.
“It was a little strange,” said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. “Happy he’s back healthy. We’ve talked numerous times about caring for people and the person. I don’t think there are many better people than Jamo.”
Taillon got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second after giving up hits to Gregory Polanco and Todd Frazier. He made the rain-delayed start for New York Saturday after the Pirates traded him in January.
“Definitely different,” Polanco said of facing Taillon. “He’s been my teammate for 11 years. I’m happy to see him healthy. He and I have been through some tough injuries. I wish him the best. He’s my brother.”
Taillon struck out newly acquired outfielder Dustin Fowler for his first out and also whiffed Bryan Reynolds, Anthony Alford and Kevin Kramer, that one to end the second.
“I’m happy for him and happy for us with how everything has turned out so far,” Shelton said.
Polanco great start
Gregory Polanco was 3 for 3 with a home run and a 2-run single. Polanco has hits in three of four Grapefruit League games (6-11 overall) adding another homer and 3 other RBI.
Polanco believes he’s just playing without having to think. Just seeing the ball and hitting it.
On Saturday, Polanco added a stolen base with a perfect pop-up slide.
“He threw two times to first base and I was like ‘let me go’,” Polanco said. “I was like ‘ok, I want to try this’. Let’s see how my legs are, they feel good. It’s not the same unless you try, let me run and see how fast I am. I got there safe. I know if I get a big jump I will get there safe.”
Considering his injury history that is not insignificant.
Pirates host the Orioles with JT Brubaker starting. You can hear Sunday’s game at 1:05 on 93.7 The Fan.