The Erie SeaWolves became the first Double-A team to score off Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon, but the pitcher was still good enough to help Altoona beat them Friday night.
Taillon, whom the Bucs took with the second overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, lasted the first six innings of the Curve’s 4-3 victory at Jerry Uht Park. The right-hander (3-0) allowed all of Erie’s runs on six hits, walked one and struck out five.
The loss left the SeaWolves at 57-81. It also ominously assured them that they’ll finish with the Eastern League’s worst record this season.
– Mike Copper
Altoona (69-70) never trailed after Andrew Lambo’s solo home run in the top of the fifth against Erie starter Ramon Garcia (9-10). Lambo’s blast was one of 10 hits for the Curve, who got two each from Adalberto Santos, Ramon Cabrera and Jeremy Farrell.
Erie’s Daniel Fields had two hits as Avisail Garcia’s replacement in center field. Garcia learned before Friday’s game that he’d been called up by the parent Detroit Tigers as part of Major League Baseball’s roster expansions.
SeaWolves shortstop Niuman Romero singled for his league-leading 156th hit. Romero is two shy of tying Will Rhymes (158 hits in 2008) for second place on the franchise’s all-time, single-season list.
Omar Infante (163) has held that record since 2001.