One Pittsburgh Pirates player saw playoff action on Monday in Puerto Rico, while four played on Tuesday between Puerto Rico and Colombia. Here’s a two-day recap.
Tsung-Che Cheng went 0-for-3 on Monday, but his team won game seven of the opening playoff series, sending them to the finals. He went 3-for-16 with two walks in the series. His opposing team in the finals has two Pirates outfielders (see below). Cheng went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on Tuesday in his team’s 5-3 loss.
Chavez Young went 2-for-4, with two singles and two runs scored. He went 6-for-21 with a double, homer and four walks in six playoff games during the first round.
Josh Palacios went 2-for-4, with two singles and one run scored. He went 6-for-20, with a double, homer and three walks in six playoff games during the first round.
Francisco Acuna made it to the finals in Colombia. He went 1-for-3 with a single, run scored, RBI and a walk in his team’s 5-1 win on Tuesday. He went 2-for-17 with a homer and two walks in five playoff games during the first round.
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