Jason Grilli RP PIT 4 Days

Jason Grilli suffered his third blown save against the Brewers, allowing a solo home run in the ninth inning Sunday.

Called on to protect a one-run lead, Grilli recorded a quick out before Ryan Braun deposited a pitch into the left field bleachers. It was Grilli's third blown save in eight appearances this season after blowing just two opportunities all of last year. The job as the Pirates' stopper likely still belongs to Grilli, but it can't be too safe given his early failures.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 4 Days

Jason Grilli blew his second save of the season Saturday as the Pirates fell to the Brewers.

Grilli entered the game to protect a one-run lead and struck out Carlos Gomez to lead off the top of the ninth inning. But Jean Segura singled and then Ryan Braun slugged a two-run homer that put the Brewers ahead for good. Grill is just 4-for-6 in save opportunities this season, though his job seems pretty safe for now.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 8 Days

Jason Grilli struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to convert his fourth save of the season Tuesday as the Pirates finished off the Reds 8-7 in the completion of Monday's suspended game.

The two sides combined for 14 runs Monday before play was suspended, but a Russell Martin RBI single in the seventh inning was the lone run after played picked back up. Grilli got Roger Bernadina swinging to start off the ninth and got Billy Hamilton swinging to end it sandwiched around a Chris Heisey pop-up. He holds a 1.50 ERA and has nailed down four of five save chances to open the season.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 15 Days

Jason Grilli earned his second save in as many chances Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth to close out a win over the Cubs.

Grilli suffered a blown save against the Cubs on April 2, but he's since thrown two scoreless innings in notching his first two saves of the season. On Tuesday, Grilli fanned one while not allowing a baserunner. His early hiccup seems to have been just that.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 18 Days

Jason Grilli collected his first save of 2014 in the Pirates' win over the Cardinals on Sunday.

Grilli issued a leadoff walk to Jon Jay but then induced a doubleplay groundball from Matt Holliday and a game-ending grounder from Matt Adams. Grilli blew a save opportunity in his previous outing, so it was good to see him get back on track in this one. He should be a valuable fantasy closer all season.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 21 Days

Jason Grilli gave up a run on three hits to take a blown save in the ninth against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Mark Melancon also gave up a run in the eighth, so this one was a team effort. Even if Melancon proves better than Grilli this season, the Pirates won't be motivated to make a switch unless they have to.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 2 Months

Jason Grilli (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Blue Jays.

The 37-year-old hurler has blossomed into one of the game's finest late-inning relievers in the past three seasons in Pittsburgh, compiling a 2.74 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 201/50 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings. As long as he's healthy, he should be able to post similar numbers in 2014, but those calling his name on draft day would be wise to handcuff him with Mark Melancon to protect against injury.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 2 Months

Jason Grilli (elbow) is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game on Sunday.

After dealing with elbow injuries late in the 2013 season, the Pirates closer is being brought along cautiously this spring. He isn't far behind the rest of the hurlers in camp though and could see actual game action in the coming week.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 7 Months

Jason Grilli slammed the door on the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday, protecting a two-run advantage and giving the Pirates a 2-1 series lead.

The 36-year-old right-hander made it interesting by allowing a leadoff single to Matt Adams, but retired Jon Jay, Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso in order afterwards to end the ballgame. The Pirates will now have an opportunity to close out the series at home on Monday.

Jason Grilli RP PIT 7 Months

Aided by an outfield assist, Jason Grilli got the final two outs Monday against the Cubs for his 32nd save.

Manager Clint Hurdle said he was going back to the old way of doing things, but he had Tony Watson in there to retire Anthony Rizzo to begin the ninth. Grilli then came in to walk Dioner Navarro, retire the next batter on a fielder's choice and give up a shot to right-center that led to Nate Schierholtz being thrown out at home, ending the game. It doesn't really inspire much confidence in Grilli, but the job is probably his for good.