By Rob Biertempfel/Photo by The Associated Press
MIAMI — It’s not often than a pitcher gets to bat with the bases loaded, but that’s where Jameson Taillon found himself — twice — in the second inning of last night’s 12-2 blowout of the Marlins. “I knew someone was going to ask about that,” Taillon said after the game. “I’m aware I’m the only guy who didn’t get a hit there.” (Actually neither did Gregory Polanco, who flied out and was hit by a pitch, and Josh Bell, who struck out and walked).
In his first at-bat, Taillon struck out swinging against lefty Adam Conley with the bases juiced and one out. As it turned out, that was the second-best thing that could have happened. The Pirates put their next eight batters on base and scored eight runs. If Taillon had made contact, he probably would have grounded into an inning-ending double play.
“I actually had that in my head,” Taillon said with a smile. “I didn’t strike out on purpose. I was thinking that (Conley) was struggling, so I took a first-pitch fastball to see if maybe he’d fall behind. Then he threw me a changeup and a slider. I don’t get paid to hit those.”
With two outs, Taillon came up again against reliever Jose Urena. Before the first pitch, Marlins catcher J.T. Realmulto looked up at Taillon and asked, “When you got to the park today, did you think you’d have two ABs in the second inning?” Taillon grounded into an inning-ending double play.
>>> UPDATE 4:31 p.m. – David Freese was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 26) with a strained right hamstring. Outfielder Danny Ortiz, 27, was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis.
In 17 games with Indy, Ortiz batted .217 with a .499 OPS and struck out 13 times in 60 at-bats. He is a natural center fielder, but also can play the corner spots. “Ever since I was a child, I’ve been a center fielder,” Ortiz said through translator Mike Gonzalez. “I feel the most comfortable in center field. But ever since I signed, they’ve moved me around. So, I feel comfortable in any position in the outfield, but of course my passion is for center field.”
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>>> Saturday: Pirates at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. Marlins Park, Miami. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: Josh Harrison 5, Josh Bell 3, Andrew McCutchen 8, Gregory Polanco 7, Francisco Cervelli 2, John Jaso 9, Jordy Mercer 6, Gift Ngoepe 4, RHP Ivan Nova (2-2, 2.00) 1
Marlins: Dee Gordon 4, Martin Prado 5, Christian Yelich 8, Giancarlo Stanton 9, Justin Bour 3, Marcell Ozuna 7, J.T. Realmuto 2, Adeiny Hechavarria 6, RHP Dan Straily (1-1, 3.92) 1
Gamecast: In his last outing, Straily gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings vs. the Padres. Straily walked one and struck out 14, making him the 10th pitcher in Marlins history to collect 14-plus whiffs in one game. … Going into this series, Marlins outfielders led the majors by driving in a run every 4.78 at-bats and homering every 14.35 at-bats. … Marcell Ozuna’s 21 RBI since opening day is his highest total in any month in his career. … Josh Harrison is 4 for 12, including two solo homers, vs. Straily. Two of the Pirates’ best hitters vs. Straily — Jung Ho Kang (.333) and Starling Marte (.400) — are absent. … Nova has never faced the Marlins. In his last outing, Nova gave up one run in seven innings and picked up the win vs. the Yankees. … The Pirates are in a stretch of 17 games without a day off. Fourteen of those games will be on the road.
>>> Sunday: Pirates at Marlins, 1:10 p.m. Marlins Park, Miami. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-2, 6.63) Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (1-1, 5.14)
>>> Monday: Pirates at Reds, 7:10 p.m. Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (1-3, 3.60) Reds: LHP Amir Garrett (2-2, 5.09) Note: The Reds were rained out on Saturday, so everyone in their rotation was pushed back one day.
>>> Tuesday: Pirates at Reds, 7:10 p.m. Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 7.98) Reds: RHP Scott Feldman (1-2, 3.25)
>>> Wednesday: Pirates at Reds, 7:10 p.m. Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (2-0, 2.08) Reds: RHP Rookie Davis (0-1, 11.17)
>>> Thursday: Pirates at Reds, 12:35 p.m. Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (tbd) Reds: RHP Tim Adleman (0-1, 4.70)
Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.