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, Taillon didn’t allow a hit. He also recorded two outs in the third inning before giving up four straight hits which finished his day. Canada ended up winning the game 7-4.
After the game, Taillon told reporters that “It obviously wasn’t my best outing. I would’ve liked to get better results, but as far as getting out there, getting to my pitch count, almost getting through three, that is big.”
Taillon will start on Sunday afternoon against Team USA. He will be on a 65 pitch count limit, which will increase to 80 if Canada advances to the second round.
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