Behind the pitching of top prospect Jameson Taillon, the Indianapolis Indians cruised past the Rochester Red Wings 6-1 Thursday at Frontier Field in upstate New York. With the victory, the Tribe dropped their magic number to three games in pursuit of a second straight International League division championship.
The Indians improved to 74-59 on the season, while Rochester slips to 72-61.
Taillon, the 21-year old righthander who is considered the top pitching prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, picked up his first Triple A win. He held the Red Wings in check (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) and demonstrated the composure to work out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth. Indianapolis relievers Erik Cordier, Atahualpa Severino and Duke Welker shut the door from that point, holding Rochester to just one hit over the final three innings.
Offensively, the Indians gave Taillon and company plenty of support. The Tribe jumped on Rochester pitching for 13 hits, including a crushing home run in the eighth off the bat of Andrew Lambo. Lambo, recently optioned back to Indy from Pittsburgh, has demonstrated his power stroke this year while splitting minor league time in Altoona (Double A) and Indianapolis. He's produced 32 home runs while driving in 99 RBI's.
RHP Brandon Cumpton (6-7, 3.55 ERA) is expected to take the mound for the Tribe in Friday's second-game of the four-game series, while the Red Wings will send Major League veteran Scott Diamond (2-0, 2.70 ERA) to the bump.