The Pirates are the first National League team in 47 years to get 11 games into a season without scoring or allowing more than five runs in any contest. Oddly enough, it was Pittsburgh that last accomplished the feat. They didn't score or allow more than five in an NL record 16 straight games to start the 1965 campaign. Following Wednesday's game, the Pirates will head home and prepare to host a three-game series against the defending World Series champion Cardinals beginning Friday. Getting the ball for the Bucs on Friday will be Charlie Morton, followed by Kevin Correia and Erik Bedard. Pirates infielder Casey McGehee is hitting .435 in his career against Arizona, and he has a .395 mark at Chase Field. McGehee notched a pinch-hit single in the ninth inning on Tuesday. D-backs: Upton DL-bound?
Upton may be headed to the DL after he had his jammed left thumb evaluated by a hand specialist Tuesday afternoon. He was out of the lineup that night. "At some point, you have to think long term," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "If he's keeps beating on it, it's not going to get better. Then, [the DL] is something we would probably consider." Upton injured his thumb while sliding into second base against the Giants on April 8 and has not been the same. He is just 5-for-24 since the injury and has not driven in a run this season. With Upton and Young banged up, it's likely outfielder Gerardo Parra will see additional playing time. The 2011 Gold Glove winner is hitting .261 with a homer in 23 at-bats this season. Worth noting
With Hudson getting the ball for Arizona on Wednesday, the Pirates ended a stretch to start the season in which they alternated facing lefties and righties. Right-hander Ian Kennedy got the start on Tuesday, and the Pirates will face exclusively righties for the rest of the week. "It is unusual," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "Not many years ago, you'd go a week, 10 days without seeing a single lefty."