For the second time this season I had a chance to see Jameson Taillon pitch in Lakewood. Back on June 9th he threw 4 shutout innings allowing just one base runner which came off a broken bat single in what he told me was his best pitch he threw of the night. Tonight in Lakewood, just under two months later he looked like a totally different pitcher as the Power won 4-3 in comeback fashion.

Taillon gave up three runs over 4 innings of work tonight

Taillon still had the same velocity as last time, probably a tick higher as he hit 96 three times tonight and he topped out at 95 last time. The difference was his command as he threw just 36 of 67 pitches for strikes. Last time he got through 4 innings on 44 pitches but was shutdown due to the rain. This time he had reached his pitch limit ...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.