Pirates spring training report

Game: Pirates 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1.

Starter: Stolmy Pimentel — 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.

Hitter: Josh Harrison, who went 1 for 2 with a home run off of LHP Antonio Bastardo with two outs in the sixth inning.

Of note: Closer Jason Grilli is targeted to make his first game appearance “later [this] week” according to manager Clint Hurdle. March 6 against Toronto is a possible date, Hurdle said.

News of the day

Stolmy Pimentel (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in his first start of spring training for the Pirates, giving up just one hit against a left-handed-heavy lineup.

“I’m liking the growth. We like the young man, was a positive outing for him,” Hurdle said. “Not his sharpest stuff. But made pitches and stayed aggressive.”

Pimentel’s role is still unclear, as he is out of options. He could serve as long reliever with spot starts.

“I felt pretty good. I used all my pitches,” Pimentel said. “I don’t think a lot about if the hitter is lefty or righty. I just try to pound the strike zone and try to attack the hitter. I just felt comfortable and tried to make my pitch.”

Catcher Chris Stewart said it was an impressive outing and the key for Pimentel is to establish his fastball.

“His splitter was really good once he established the fastball in the zone, and that’s what he’s got to do to be successful out there,” Stewart said. “Seeing him live against hitters, yeah, impressive. He’s got a mid-90s fastball that moves. It’s pretty special and he’s got other stuff to play off it. So if he’s getting that fastball in the zone he’ll be really effective.”

Injury update

Gaby Sanchez (knee discomfort) remains day to day.

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