Today was a camp day at Pirate City, which means intra squad games. Usually the Triple-A and Double-A teams go against each other on one field, with the A-ball teams squaring off on the opposite field.
The upper level game featured a matchup of the top two prospects in the system. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were opposing each other, with Cole throwing against the Triple-A hitters, and Taillon going up against the Double-A crew. It was a regular start for either of them, since it doesn't matter to the pitcher who the opposing pitcher was. For those in attendance, it was a chance to watch the top two pitchers in the system make what will probably be their final starts before the season. For the first three innings, both pitchers faced Travis Snider once per inning, with Snider combining to go 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a sacrifice fly. Snider had the double and walk against Cole, and a single and sacrifice fly to the wall against Taillon.
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