Taillon Torn Apart in Return to PNC Park. Pittsburgh 5 NY 2

Jameson Taillon was torn apart in his return to PNC Park in Pittsburgh, allowing 5 runs on 6 hits in 5.1 innings in the Pirates’ 5-2 victory over the Yanks. His ERA is now over 6.00 since the Perfect Game he pitched into the 8th inning a month ago on June 2nd.

Taillon, however, said afterwards he feels fine — he said he’s just missing on his location — something that happens over the course of a season.

NY was stifled by Jose Quintana and the Pirates bullpen.

The Yankees had their chances — they outhit the Pirates 10-9. But as Aaron Boone said last week, “baseball is a scoring contest, not a hitting contest.”

The loss was the Yankees’ 2nd in a row — they are now 58-23 for a .716 winning percentage — 13 games ahead of Boston, 14 ahead of Tampa, and 14.5 ahead of Toronto in the AL East.

The Pirates improved to 33-47.

On a beautiful, warm early July Monday night in Pittsburgh.

1. Taillon Shredded

Jameson Taillon was traded by the Pirates to the Yankees on January 24, 2021 for Miguel Yajure, Roansy ContrerasCanaan Smith-Njigba, and and Maikol Escotto. Taillon didn’t ask to be traded, nor did he sign with Yankees as a free agent.

So this wasn’t a game where Pirates fans should have been booing Taillon, or the Pirates in any way trying to seek revenge on him — Taillon should have been seeking revenge on the Pirates organization for trading him away; although one would assume he was A-OK with being traded to the Yankees.

With Taillon’s impressive 9-1 3.32 record coming in and the Pirates 32-47 record — the Yankees were the clear favorites.

Taillon was helped in the bottom of the 1st by that terrific Yankee infield defense — this time DJ LeMahieu at 1st base making a slick play for the final out of the inning.

But it all started going South in the bottom of the 2nd, when Pirate 1st baseman Daniel Vogelbach hit Taillon’s 96-MPH four-seam fastball for a 392-foot homer to right and a 1-0 Pittsburgh lead.

Taillon pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd but in the 4th, a leadoff double by Bryan Reynolds and homer by rookie Jack Suwinski made it 3-0 Pittsburgh. 

Suwinski has a slash line of 14-25-.227 (.312) — not exactly Rookie of the Year numbers but he does hit a lot of homers.

An out later Yoshitomo Tsutsugo singled and former Yankee farmhand Ben Gamel doubled him home. Pittsburgh 4 NY 0.

2. Quintana Danced Around Yankee Hitters

Quintana allowed 6 hits in 5 innings just like Taillon — but he limited the damage aka didn’t allow any homeruns.

In the top of the 3rd, outfielder Bryan Reynolds helped Quintana out by Robbing Giancarlo Stanton of a 2-RBI single with 2 outs — sprinting in and making a diving catch for the final out of the inning.

Finally, in the top of the 5th, the Yanks got their first run off an Isiah Kiner-Falefa 1-out double, and an Aaron Judge RBI single. Pittsburgh 4 NY 1.

3. Yanks Couldn’t Quite Mount Comeback

Taillon left in the bottom of the 6th with a runner on, and Lucas Luetge allowed that runner to come around on a Tsutsugo single and sac fly by Oniel Cruz. Pittsburgh 5 NY 1.

But the Yanks kept trying to get back in it.

In the 7th, the Yanks put 2 runners on with 1 out — an Aaron Judge homer away from being back in the game — but Judge grounded into an inning-ending double play.

In the 8th, Gleyber Torres led off with a walk and came around on a 2-out single by Matt Carpenter to make it 5-2.

The Yanks were a bloop and a blast away. But Aaron Hicks struck out.

In the 9th, Kiner-Falefa got a 1-out single, and the Yanks were a bloop and a blast away again — but DJ LeMahieu grounded out and Judge struck out for the old ballgame.

4. Chapman Pitched Great

Some good news for the Yanks: Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th — groundout, groundout, fly out. He was throwing 100-MPH fastballs.

“He wasn’t pitching well because he wasn’t feeling well; he was injured with the achilles,” offered Suzyn Waldman on the radio.

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