Worth noting

• Russell Martin entered Wednesday night's game riding an eight-game hitting streak. In that time he has hit .444 (12-for-27) with three doubles, two home runs and three RBIs.

• The Pirates' bullpen entered Wednesday night with a 1.98 ERA, the lowest it had been after 20 games to start a season since 1990. In that season, the Pirates' bullpen had a 1.45 ERA in the same span.

Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.