Pirates spring training report: Pirates 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3

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Starter: Stolmy Pimentel: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.

Hitter: Chris Dickerson, who went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a stolen base.

Of note: For the second consecutive game, the Pirates had two runners caught stealing. Saturday, though, a steal attempt led to a run. Dickerson took off for second and forced an errant throw, allowing Jaff Decker to score from third.

News of the day

Jason Grilli and Tony Watson each made their third relief appearance this spring.

Watson made 67 appearances in 2013 and pitched 712/3 innings. Grilli missed time due to a flexor strain in his right forearm. The Pirates have taken it slow with them this spring in addition to relievers Mark Melancon and Justin Wilson.

Grilli pitched one inning and struck out three. He allowed two hits, a single and a double, but both were softly hit pop flies that managed to evade charging outfielders.

Watson struck out two and allowed one hit in one inning of work.

Travis Ishikawa's home run tied the score in the eighth, and the Pirates scored two more runs off former Pirates pitcher Brad Lincoln in the inning.

Another former Pirates pitcher, A.J. Burnett, started for the Phillies. He walked six in 51/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out two.

Bill Brink: bbrink@post-gazette.com and on Twitter @BrinkPG.


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