Cole was the first to enter the game as he pitched the second inning against the World Team. He struck out his first batter swinging with a 99 mph fastball. The second batter he faced, he set up with an 88 mph changeup before retiring him on a bouncer to third with a 97 mph fastball. Things then got away from Cole for a bit as we were all once again reminded why the 2011 first overall pick is in Double-A. He walked his next batter, but did hit 100 mph with his fastball during the matchup. He then gave up an opposite field, two-run homer to Jae-Hoon Ha on a 95 mph fastball left up and out over the plate. He then retired the next batter with another strikeout swinging thanks to an 87 mph slider.
Here are Cole’s two strikeouts:
Taillon came on for the US Team in the sixth inning. He gave up a leadoff double, but it was on a very good pitch, a 98 mph fastball at the knees and on the outside part of the plate. He then got a fly out on another 98 mph fastball. The next batter doubled right down the right field line on a curve ball on another pitch at the knees and on the outside corner. The next batter he faced lined into a double play on a curve ball that was left up a bit.
It was pretty much an exhibition of what we already knew. Both of these pitchers possess unreal stuff, but at times can struggle with command and keeping pitches down in the zone. That is what the minor leagues are for, though, to teach those things.