Friday was a typical busy day for Pittsburgh Pirates in Australia, with five players seeing action. We also saw playoff action from Puerto Rico and Colombia.
Ernny Ordonez went 1-for-3 with his second home run. He had two runs, a walk, an RBI and his fourth stolen base. He’s now hitting .283/.328/.383 in 34 games.
Jase Bowen went 2-for-4 with his fifth double. He also picked up an outfield assist. He’s now hitting .241/.303/.361 in 30 games.
Dylan Shockley went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He’s now batting .221/.324/.379 in 31 games.
Jesus Castillo went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI. He now has a .143/.236/.173 slash line in 30 games.
Sammy Siani has been the best Pirates player in Australia by far, but everyone else had a good day on Friday, while he had a rough day, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and an error. He’s now hitting .286/.353/.504 in 34 games. As a side note, former Pirates prospect Robbie Glendinning skipped over him on the OPS leaderboard yesterday.
Josh Palacios went 0-for-3. He is 5-for-19, with a double, homer and walk in five playoff games.
Chavez Young went 1-for-2 with a solo homer and a HBP. He is 5-for-18 with a double, homer and four walks in five playoff games.
Tsung-Che Cheng was used as a pinch-hitter on Friday, walking with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, as his team lost 6-5. He is 3-for-9 with two walks in five playoff games.
Andres Alvarez went 0-for-4, but his team won 6-1 to avoid elimination. He is 3-for-11 with a walk in three playoff games.
Francisco Acuna went 0-for-2 with a walk. He is 1-for-9 with two walks in three playoff games.
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