Team Gold 4, Team Black 3

Yeah there was a final score after the five-inning scrimmage in Bradenton today, but it meant nada as a lot of the Pirates prospects saw action in this game. The big news is the return of Jameson Taillon in basically his first action in nearly two years. You know he had to be amped up to get out there on the mound today. He tossed two innings of work, allowed one run and struck out three. The results don’t mean much, it was just nice to see Taillon out there after recovering from Tommy John surgery and hernia surgery the past two years. He should start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis with a call to Pittsburgh not far off if he’s holding up well.

In other notes from this game, the Bucs No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow gave up two runs over two innings which included a big strikeout of Josh Bell. Steven Brault, who broke out last year in the minors, tossed two perfect innings as his stock continues to rise. Brault was one of the two pitchers acquired (along with Steven Tarpley) in the Travis Snider deal with Baltimore last offseason. Considering the Orioles cut Snider in the middle of the season, that deal is looking great for the Bucs.

That’s it from this game as we move into Grapefruit League play tomorrow when the Pirates travel to Lakeland to take on the Tigers. Left-hander Kyle Lobstein is scheduled to start for the Bucs.

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