Winter Leagues: Another Nice Night for Tsung-Che Cheng; Randy Romero Rates Among the Top Hitters

A recap of Saturday night’s action from around winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a slow night, as Puerto Rico has been shut down for most of this week due to COVID, while there was just one game scheduled in the Dominican.

In Colombia, Tsung-Che Cheng went 3-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base. He is now hitting .317/.391/.427 in 19 games, with 17 runs scored and six steals.

Francisco Acuna went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s now batting .167/.286/.167 in ten games.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva had an 0-for-4 night. He’s now hitting .236 with a .655 OPS in 27 games.

Randy Romero went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt and his 15th stolen base. He is hitting .299 in 63 games, with a .700 OPS. Romero is second in the league with 78 hits, three behind the league leader.

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