There was no action from Pittsburgh Pirates players in winter ball on Thursday. Things picked up on Friday, as the last weekend of the Australia league season started. Five Pirates saw action there, plus the playoff action resumed elsewhere.
Sammy Siani went 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs and an RBI. He is now hitting .299/.362/.560 in 37 games. He ranks ninth in the league in OPS.
Jase Bowen went 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and a run scored. He is now batting .264/.323/.413 in 33 games.
Ernny Ordonez went 2-for-4 with his seventh double, as well as one run scored and two RBIs. He’s now hitting .295/.340/.394 in 37 games.
Dylan Shockley went 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s now batting .212/.323/.356 in 34 games.
Jesus Castillo went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He now has a .145/.236/.173 slash line in 33 games.
Chavez Young went 0-for-3 with a HBP and a run scored. His team lost 5-4, to go down 2-1 in the best-of-seven finals. He is 5-for-12 with six runs scored in the three games.
Josh Palacios went 0-for-4 with an RBI. He is 2-for-12 with two RBIs in the series. He’s teammates with Young.
Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single in his team’s 5-4 victory, giving them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. He went 2-for-7 with a double, two RBIs and a walk in the first two games of the finals.
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