And the fun didn't stop there, as Waldron then got his revenge on Harper with a called third strike on a backdoor curve. The two exchanged enough words to clear both benches, with a red-jacketed teammate pulling Harper away. No punches were thrown.
"That conversation should probably stay between the team and stay on the field," Waldron said with a smile.
Taylor eventually hit a homer that counted, another opposite-field blast to right. But Waldron's philosophy on this night was simple: Forget about the homer and go get the next hitter - which he did after all three bombs he surrendered.
"He had a good outing, period," said Power manager Gary Robinson. "You've got to give some credit to the [Suns'] hitters. But he kept it down pretty much all night, he stayed in the strike zone, he didn't get scared off his fastball, he used his breaking ball when he needed to, threw some quality changeups. I thought it was a quality outing for him."
The Power (7-11) kept a comfortable lead with its 14-hit attack. Mel Rojas finished the three-run first with an RBI single, Curry belted a two-run homer in the fourth, Dan Grovatt knocked in two runs with a sacrifice fly and a double and Gift Ngoepe singled in a run.
That left reliever Brooks Pounders and Jason Townsend to keep the Suns at bay. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Pounders had to deal with Harper in the game's final tense situation, with the Power up 7-4 with two runners on and two out in the seventh. Pounders summoned his best curve ball to strike out Harper.
"It was a pretty good breaking ball," Robinson said. "[Harper] is an aggressive hitter; he's going to be a hell of a player. We threw a good pitch and we were lucky enough that it missed his bat."
Robinson confirmed that Taillon, picked right behind Harper in the 2010 draft, will make his minor-league debut tonight - if storms miss, of course. The Power and Suns also are scheduled to play Thursday and Friday, and with all games set for 7:05 p.m.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.