Worth noting

Worth noting

• First base coach Luis Silverio will accompany Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata on a Thursday visit to La Escuelita Arcoiris, a Spanish-immersion school in Squirrel Hill, Pa. The trio of Pirates will meet with students from 11 a.m.-noon ET.

• Overlooked in the pulsating conclusion of Tuesday night's thriller was that five innings after Garrett Jones had tied him for sixth place for most home runs hit at PNC Park, Adam LaRoche regained sole possession of that perch by hitting his 35th off Joel Hanrahan to give the Nationals a brief 4-3 lead in the ninth inning.

• Since April 21, Pirates pitchers have logged 151 strikeouts in 149 innings.

The Last Word: "That was one of the best trips Searage has made all year." -- Manager Clint Hurdle on pitching coach Ray Searage, whose ninth-inning visit to the mound Wednesday was followed by Joel Hanrahan retiring the final two men with runners on second and third.