For the first time this season, a Yankees starter made it through five innings without Gerrit Cole or Jordan Montgomery on Tuesday night.
Jameson Taillon took a step towards stabilizing the rest of the rotation when he finished at 3: 1 win for the Yankees against the Braves at Yankee Stadium made his best start to the young season and suffered a five-game loss.
« I want to be the guy who will help us get back to the top. » said Taillon after completing five innings and giving up only one run. “When I went out there, my mindset was, ‘I want to do everything I can to get us to a place where we can win tonight. ‘But that almost got me fired up instead of sitting in a corner and making me feel like I had to be too fine. That put a little fire under me to go out with some energy tonight. “
Taillon made his third start to the season after missing a second operation on Tommy John last year. He gave up four hits and one step and hit five in 80 fields. Aaron Boone said he could have extended it further, but when Freddie Freeman tried to lead the sixth inning and the Yankees bullpen was fresh after a day off, the manager said, « It was time. »
Still it was encouraging start for Taillon after scoring five runs and eight hits in 3 ² / ₃ innings on his last break against the Blue Jays.
« What excited me most was what I got between today’s outings worked, « said Taillon. “I thought we had a good idea of where the top of the zone is. I threw a lot more curveballs. We really included this playing field in the game plan. … if I can do that for 30 starts or whatever that number is, we’ll be in a really good place in the future. «
Taillon didn’t get into trouble until the third inning, giving up doubles against Guillermo Heredia and Ehire Adrianza when the Braves took a 1-0 lead, but he has Adrianza in second place with two consecutive strikes by Freeman and Marcell Ozuna stranded to drop the inning.
Otherwise, it’s been a strong start for Taillon as he tries to establish himself in a groove after failing to play last year – the same process that Corey Kluber did wants to build on Wednesday to keep the rotation going.
« I really loved what I honestly saw, » Boone said of Taillon. « I really feel like this is what we’ve seen and it has evolved a bit more each time. I’m pretty happy with where it is at in its build and progress. «
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