• Travis Snider (right-side tightness) remained out of the starting lineup, but pinch-hit for the second straight day, going 1-for-2 with a run scored. Hurdle plans to give him a start on Saturday, against the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg.
• Prior to Sunday in St. Louis and Tuesday night here, the last time the Pirates had a pair of four-homer games within a three-game span was April 11-12, 2006, when they did it in the season's first two games, against the Dodgers. They hit three on Wednesday.
• Not only had Brandon Inge hit safely in his first seven games with the Pirates, but in 26 of 28 games reverting back to last season with the Oakland A's. He continued that streak with a 2-for-4 performance on Wednesday, with an RBI and run scored. He's now hitting .321 on the season.
• A.J. Burnett came out of April as the first Pirates pitcher to lead the NL in strikeouts (48) into May since Bob Friend in 1956 -- with 14! Yes, that season began much later: Friend was the Bucs' Opening Day starter on April 17.
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