Four Pittsburgh Pirates saw action on Wednesday. The playoff finals in Puerto Rico has three Pirates involved, while the other is playing in the finals in Colombia.
Chavez Young had a big game, though his team still dropped a 6-4 decision. He went 3-for-5, driving in three runs, while scoring a run of his own. He also collected a double. He was involved in all four runs in the game for his team. This game was 6-2 in the first inning. The series is now tied 1-1. Young had two hits and scored two runs in the opener of the finals.
Josh Palacios went 0-for-4 with an RBI, which was the run that Young scored. Palacios had two hits and a run scored in the opener.
Tsung-Che Cheng was on the winning side, but his contribution was minimal. He played two innings as a defensive replacement at second base, handling one play, without getting a plate appearance.
Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his team’s 8-7 loss, which tied the series 1-1. He went 1-for-3 with a run, RBI and a walk in the opener of the finals on Tuesday.
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