On Friday in Venezuela, Jose Osuna continued to play while awaiting his appeal hearing for his six game suspension. He went 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts. He is hitting .333/.397/.515 in 56 games. Osuna ranks sixth in the league in average, third in slugging and fifth in OPS. He is fifth in the league in doubles and tied for second in homers.
Elias Diaz went 0-for-3 with two walks, before leaving for a pinch-runner in the 11th inning. He threw out both runners attempting to steal, continuing his impressive season on defense. The offense hasn't been there, especially recently. Diaz is hitting .238/.323/.393 in 24 games, with a .558 OPS over his last ten games.
Elvis Escobar pinch-ran in the ninth inning and played the last two innings in right field without getting an at-bat....
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