Vance Worley has had a change of fortune since being called up to the Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis on June 14.
In three games with the Pirates this season, Worley is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 20 2/3 innings and is hoping to continue his hot start against the D-backs on Thursday night.
Worley pitched 10 games for the Twins last season, but his stint in Minneapolis didn't go as well as it has in Pittsburgh this year. He went 1-5 and had a 7.21 ERA.
But in his three games with Pittsburgh, he has struck out 12 while walking only three batters. In his last start, Worley pitched around seven hits in seven innings, giving up only one run.
"He'd be the first to tell you he wasn't as sharp as previously," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "But he was able to go to his working pitches and stay in good locations. You saw a man who had to go out there and wrestle."
Opposing him on the mound will be D-backs starter Brandon McCarthy, who is second in the Major Leagues in losses this season.
However, he is coming off his second win of the season against the Padres. He went seven innings while giving up one run. Both of McCarthy's wins this season have come against the soft-hitting Padres, who are last in the Major Leagues in batting average.
D-backs: Goldschmidt leads NL voting at first base
Thursday is the last day for fans to cast their votes for the starters in the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, and D-backs fans have done an exceptional job getting their star into the lead at first base.
As of the latest tally, Paul Goldschmidt leads the voting at his position by 1,152,560 votes. Coming up well behind him is former a D-back, Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds. In third is the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez.
"He's earned it; he's done it the right way," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "I think beyond the outpouring of support that he's received from our fans, that the people that have had the opportunity to watch him around the league -- whether it's on TV or they've been down to the ballpark -- they understand who Paul Goldschmidt is. And he's an easy pick."
Goldschmidt has been the D-backs' premier offensive weapon this season. He leads the team in batting average, runs, home runs, RBIs and is even tied for the team lead in stolen bases.
"I think he's earned it and I think it's reflected in the support he's getting," Gibson said. "I promise you that each and every one of those people have told at least one person who's told another person, who's told another person, who's told another person. That's just how it goes. He's special."
Pirates: Pittsburgh winning despite lack of hits
The Pirates' opponents have out-hit Pittsburgh in seven of their last eight games, but the Pirates have won six of those contests.
The Pirates finally managed to outhit an opponent in the second of three games against the D-backs on Wednesday, winning 5-1 while outhitting Arizona 12-8.
Before this recent stretch of games, the Pirates were 4-25 this season in games they were out-hit.
"We have done it a bunch of different ways," Hurdle said. "Just comes down to a complete team effort. You can't overlook the pitching, the length the starters; have been giving us more often than not, it keeps you in position to win the game if you can do some things on offense, and we found a way to capitalize on opportunities."
• The Pirates have not swept a series this season. Entering Thursday's game against the D-backs, the Pirates are 0-7 in sweep-clinching games in 2014.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.