Notebook: Pirates Black-Gold Scrimmage
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pirates 2010 and 2011 first round draft picks – Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole – squared off against one another in the Black-Gold intra-squad scrimmage Friday afternoon at McKechnie Field.
The game ended in a 2-2 tie after a pre-arranged 5 1/2 innings in length.
Taillon (Gold) and Cole (Black) each tossed two innings apiece and looked very good.
Taillon’s fastball reached as high as 98 miles per hour and Cole touched as high as 96 miles per hour. As one may expect, neither pitcher seemed to let loose, playing it fairly conservative in February, but each was very effective nonetheless.
Cole and Taillon each fell behind just one hitter in their two innings of work. Neither allowed a three-ball count, nor did any hitter elevate a fly ball off of the top prospects. Cole was 7/7 in first pitch strikes thrown, Taillon was 5/8.
Offensively, the highlight was Starling Marte, who smashed a booming two-run homer for Gold off of Kyle Waldrop in the third inning that cleared the newly constructed left field bleachers.
Clint Robinson – acquired from the Kansas City Royals this off-season – struck out three times as Black’s cleanup hitter.
Hear the entire post-game comments below from Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole (in that order):
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