Monday night, I made the hour drive to Lexington, KY to see the West Virginia Power and 2010 1st round draft pick Jameson Taillon. It was the first time seeing Taillon in person and I was also able to get every pitch of his start on video, so I can share it with all of you. Here is an inning-by-inning recap of Taillon’s start.
Taillon started off the game very sharp with a quick 1-2-3 inning. Delino DeShields Jr hit a soft liner to 2nd baseman Andy Vasquez in the first AB and Enrique Hernandez was retired quickly with a ground ball to 3rd for out number 2. Taillon then picked up his first of five strikeouts when he got Adam Bailey to chase a ball in the dirt for strike 3. Taillon’s breaking stuff was overpowering when he threw it as I really don’t recall anyone putting a breaking ball in play all night. If it was, it was a very weak grounder. But here’s all three first inning at-bats, pitch-by-pitch:
Telvin Nash led off the 2nd inning with a line drive single to right field and was quickly erased by Taillon when Michael Kvasnicka grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. That would basically be the last play made behind Taillon all night as you will see later on. Taillon would get the third out on the next batter when he picked up his 2nd strikeout of the night when he struck out Emilio King on a fastball. Here’s Taillon’s 2nd inning.
The third inning is when the Power defense started looking like a tee-ball team. Tyler Burnett led off the inning with a bunt base hit. Ben Orloff would then hit a soft bouncer to 2nd baseman Andy Vasquez, who then threw the ball into left field, allowing Burnett to get to 3rd and Orloff to get to 2nd. Robert Pena would then hit a bouncer up the middle, which would be fielded by Vasquez. However, Vasquez’ throw went into the stands, allowing 2 runs to score and Pena to advance to 2nd. Delino DeShields Jr would finally make the 1st out on a sac bunt to move Pena to third. Taillon then buckled down and struck out Enrique Hernandez. He would then walk Adam Bailey, but would get Telvin Nash to line out weakly to 2nd. He allowed 2 runs, both unearned, all without the ball leaving the infield. Here’s the disaster:
Taillon once again would get screwed by bad defense in the 4th. He started off the inning with back-to-back strikeouts of Kvasnicka and King. Burnett would then get a 2-out single. He would then get Orloff to hit a ground ball to 2nd baseman Andy Vasquez, who would make his 3rd error of the game. It was not Vasquez’ day, to say the least. Taillon would then walk Pena and that would be the end of his day. Zack Von Rosenberg would retire the next batter in relief of Taillon, so no one would score, but ZVR’s video breakdown will be in a separate post, so you can see that there. Here’s Taillon’s final inning of work:
All in all, it was an excellent start by Taillon. Had his defense done what they were supposed to do, you would be looking at 4 shutout innings, with the likelihood he would pitch the 5th inning as well. Taillon’s fastball sat in the 91-92 range most of the night, touching 94 at times. As I mentioned before, his breaking ball seemed to be very, very effective when used. He did walk two batters tonight, which is two more than his previous five outings combined. But as stated before, had the defense backed him up, those walks wouldn’t have even happened.