Pirates notebook: Stolmy Pimentel relishes first win in majors
April 3, 2014 11:44 PM
Stolmy Pimentel, who at long last last became the winning pitcher late Wednesday night, delivers in a spring training game last month.
By Bill Brink and Jenn Menendez / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Stolmy Pimentel did the math as Wednesday night dragged into Thursday morning. As pitcher after pitcher departed the bullpen, he realized his time was coming.
"It's a little hard," he said. "You're in the bullpen, you have to be moving, you have to be stretching because you don't know when you're going to get an opportunity. That's what I was doing. I was standing around, stretching my arm, my leg."
He handled it well, throwing four scoreless innings and earning his first career major league win as the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-3, in 16 innings.
"It was so exciting," he said. "My first win in the major leagues."
Pimentel entered the game in the 13th and allowed two hits, walked three and struck out four. He had runners on first and third with two outs in the 14th, but struck out Junior Lake to strand the runners.
Tony Sanchez replaced Pimentel in the 16th with runners on the corners and chopped a single through the left side of the infield to drive in the winning run.
"I was just ready, let's go," Pimentel said. "Let's do it right here. I was excited and waiting for that moment, to have that win. That was amazing. He did a great job."
Pimentel had appeared in 152 minor league games and started 147 of them but hadn't relieved in the minors since Class A in 2011.
When Pimentel made his debut with the Pirates in 2013, he moved to the bullpen and appeared in five games. But never, he said, did he enter a game late in extra innings as he did Wednesday.
Morton is OK
Charlie Morton said Thursday he is fine after leaving the game Wednesday night game when Nate Schierholtz lined a ball back to the mound that ricocheted off of Morton's glove-hand thumb and into shortstop Jordy Mercer's glove.
The play forced him from the game and led to precautionary X-rays, but manager Clint Hurdle said the X-rays showed no fracture.
McCutchen's jersey in top 10
A jersey bearing Andrew McCutchen's name ranks No. 6 on a list of the 20 most popular Major League Baseball player jerseys in the country, according to the league's public-relations department.
World Series MVP David Ortiz is No. 1 followed by Boston Red Sox teammate Dustin Pedroia. The soon-to-be-retired Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees is No. 3, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina No. 4 and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw No. 5.
The list is based on official sales from the MLB.com shop since the 2013 World Series concluded.
Long night in bullpen
By the time the marathon that started Wednesday night and ended early Thursday morning was completed, the Pirates and Cubs had set a record by playing the longest baseball game in Pittsburgh history, clocking 5 hours, 55 minutes.
Pirates bullpen catcher Heberto Andrade was among the busiest people in the ballpark.
He helped six relievers warm up and kept the arms of the final two available pitchers -- Bryan Morris and Edinson Volquez -- warm.
Exactly how many pitches did he catch?
His final answer: 200.
"A lot," Andrade said. "It's an interesting question. If you count for every pitcher who has their own plan, 17, 18, some that go 20.
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