Jameson Taillon thought he had his first career hit, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis had other plans
Coming into Saturday night's start against the Brewers at Miller Park, Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon was still looking for his first career hit. Through his first six starts, Taillon had gone 0-for-10 in 12 official plate appearances.
In the fifth inning, Taillon put a good swing on an outside pitch from Chase Anderson and cracked it into right field, presumably for a base hit. However, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was playing in, and this happened:
That's just some really unfortunate luck, and solid defensive positioning on Milwaukee's behalf.
Fortunately for Taillon, he was able to handle this situation with a good sense of humor. As he explained to MLB.com's Adam Berry after the game, he was more or less deked by Chris Carter's actions at first base:
As for the ribbing he's received from his friends and family about the almost-hit, Taillon had this to say:
Nieuwenhuis, meanwhile, told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy that he couldn't recall being involved in a 9-3 putout in his career:
Taillon wound up 0-for-2 at the plate and the Pirates lost, 5-3, to the Brewers, so his hunt for hit No. 1 will have to be on hold until his next trip to the mound.