Wednesday night saw four Pittsburgh Pirates play in the playoffs in Puerto Rico, and two others take part in the playoffs in Colombia. Here’s a recap of the action.
Duane Underwood Jr. made his second playoff appearance. He retired the side on four batters, with one runner reaching base on an error. He has thrown a scoreless inning in all five of his winter appearances.
Josh Palacios went 2-for-4 with two singles, two RBIs and a stolen base in his team’s 4-2 win. He is 5-for-16 in the playoffs, with a double, homer and walk.
Chavez Young went 1-for-5 with a single, run scored and an RBI. He is 3-for-14 with a double and four walks in four playoff games. Palacios and Young are teammates, and their team is up 3-1 in the series over Underwood’s team. We took a look at Young’s full winter season yesterday.
Tsung-Che Cheng played in his team’s win yesterday, but he only served as a defensive replacement, putting in two innings at second base without getting a plate appearance.
Andres Alvarez went 2-for-4 with two singles. His team lost for the second straight night, putting them one game away from being eliminated in the five-game playoff series. He went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and stolen base in the first game.
Francisco Acuna went 0-for-3, as his team moved within one game of advancing. He went 1-for-4 with a single in the opener.
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