• Entering the final game of this homestand, the Pirates had out-homered visitors, 18-4, in the last 25 games at PNC Park.
• When he was scratched with right shoulder discomfort prior to Thursday's game, McCutchen missed an opportunity to extend a streak of five straight multi-hit games. He was 10-for-16 in those five games.
• Grilli was still stoked the morning after getting to hang out with the Black Crowes following their local concert Wednesday night. Before taking Stage AE, the group's members had taken in pregame batting practice at PNC Park.
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