WBC Notes: Rodriguez Throws Six Shutout Innings

Wandy Rodriguez made his final appearance in the World Baseball Classic, the final game for any Pittsburgh Pirates player, and he made it count. He shut down Team Puerto Rico for six innings today, en route to a 2-0 win for Team Dominican. Rodriguez got up to 74 pitches, throwing 49 of them for strikes, in a game that decided seeding for the WBC Finals.  Rodriguez allowed just four base runners all game, two walks and two hits. He...

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Neal Huntington Reacts to Jameson Taillon’s WBC Start

On Sunday, top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon made a start for Team Canada against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. The right-hander went four innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits, with a walk and three strikeouts. One of those strikeouts came against Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. A recap of Taillon’s start can be found here. I talked with Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington today to get...

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WBC Notes: Rodriguez Starts, USA Wins

Wandy Rodriguez got his first start of the World Baseball Classic and pitched well through 3.1 innings, before being taken out due to his pitch count. Rodriguez battled in the first innings, having seven pitch AB’s against both Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran. He threw a total of 21 pitches, allowing just an infield single to the Royals Irving Falu.  In the second inning, Rodriguez allowed a single to Mike Aviles to lead off the...

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WBC Notes: Taillon Looks Good Against Team USA

Jameson Taillon got the start for Team Canada against Team USA in a crucial game. He was on a 65 pitch limit due to WBC restrictions on each pitcher. The winner of this game advances to the second round, the loser goes home. Taillon started the first inning with a ground out from Jimmy Rollins. He was throwing 95 MPH early, throwing mostly fastballs as the shadows in front of home plate gave the pitchers a huge advantage. Taillon got...

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WBC Notes: Leroux Gets The Start For Canada

Chris Leroux got the start in game two for Canada today. In the bottom of the first inning, with Canada already up 4-0, he threw 27 pitches, sitting 92-93 MPH with his fastball, hitting 94 once. He struck out one, but gave up two singles and a run that scored due to an error on an infielder grounder. Leroux settled down in the second inning, retiring the side in order by picking up two strikeouts and a groundball to second base. He...

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Taillon Looks Good Early In WBC Tune-Up Game

Jameson Taillon and Team Canada took on the Milwaukee Brewers today in a tune-up game for the World Baseball Classic. Taillon started the game, and looked good early, but couldn’t make it through three full innings. He final line was 2.2 IP, allowing two runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter. He struck out two hitters. Through two innings, facing a lineup that included Rickie Weeks, Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki,...

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