PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon gave up four runs on eight hits in a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

But the part that’s really going to stick with him is the fact that he was only able to pitch five innings.

When Taillon got an unexpected five weeks off in the middle of his season thanks to his treatment for testicular cancer, one of the things he wanted to improve upon going forward was his efficiency and ability to go deeper into games.

In his six starts before the cancer diagnosis, he threw 35.1 innings for an average of 5.8 innings per start. In his six starts since then, it’s actually gone somewhat worse at 32.1 innings and 5.4 innings per start.

“As a starting pitcher, you always want to go deep into games,” Taillon said after the loss. “Going five just sou...

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