Osuna went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk and three runs scored during Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Giants. The 26-year-old first baseman hit a leadoff double and scored in the second inning, then led off the fourth frame with his second double of the night, scoring once again. To finish off his hot night at the plate, Osuna drew a walk in the eighth, scoring for the third time. The trio of runs scored marked a season high for Osuna, who is slashing .261/.306/.503 with 18 doubles across 79 games.
Osuna is not in Thursday's lineup against the Marlins. He has started 13 of the last 16 games, hitting .154 with two home runs in 52 at-bats over that stretch. Melky Cabrera starts in right field and will hit fifth.
Osuna is not in the lineup for Friday's game at Colorado. Osuna started four of the last five games but will take a seat after going 4-for-19 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI in that stretch. Melky Cabrera will start in right field in his place Friday.
Osuna went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored in the Pirates' 11-8 victory over the Rockies on Thursday. The 26-year-old had just one hit in his last 11 at-bats coming into the game, but he snapped out of the brief funk with this multi-hit day that included his ninth home run of the season and his 15th two-bagger. He's now slashing a solid .293/.339/.561 to give him an even .900 OPS across 167 plate appearances.
Osuna will start in right field and bat sixth Sunday against the Reds. He'll crack the lineup for the third straight game, with Sunday's contest marking his second turn in right field during the series. Melky Cabrera currently tops the depth chart at that spot, but the 35-year-old could see his opportunities dwindle over the final few weeks of the season as the 54-75 Pirates prioritize younger options. Osuna would likely be the primary beneficiary if Cabrera is gradually phased out.
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