After two weeks off for a Christmas break, the Australia league was back in action on Thursday. A total of eight Pittsburgh Pirates saw action yesterday.
Sammy Siani went 1-for-2 with his fifth homer, two walks and three RBIs. The homer was a solo shot, and the other RBIs came on a ground out and a bases loaded walk. He has a .253 average and an .827 OPS in 25 games.
Jase Bowen went 0-for-3 with two walks and an RBI. He now has a .233 average and a .629 OPS in 21 games.
Ernny Ordonez went 0-for-4. He’s now hitting .267 in 25 games, with a .640 OPS.
Jesus Castillo went 0-for-4 with a run scored. He has an .097 average and a .282 OPS in 21 games.
Andres Alvarez went 0-for-4. He has a .361 average and a 1.040 OPS in 35 games.
Francisco Acuna went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two runs and an RBI. He’s hitting .255 with an .816 OPS in 33 games.
Rodolfo Nolasco didn’t start on Thursday, but he played off of the bench. He went 0-for-2, giving him a .208 average and a .680 OPS in 31 games.
Josh Palacios went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s down to a .226 average in 17 games, with three doubles, a triple, a homer and six walks.
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