Acuna launched a 2-out, 2-run homer in the 8th to make it 6-1 Braves and give the credit for a 3-game sweep even though the much improved Pirates scored in the 9th to make it 6-2.
In the second game the Pirates scored three in the 9th off Braves closer Iglesias to win 4-1.
That still left the Braves with a 4-2 series win and 20-16 overall record, while the Pirates dropped to 14-22. The scoresheet are at the bottom of the blog.
First, the Pirates have a lot of players who have improved, and a few that have dropped off. The sert of players who have improved comes first with the projected OPS or ERA first, and then after the dash their actual figure now. In addition to 10 cards that have improved dramatically, they feature two new good cards. Jose Hernandez is a PB 2-7 pitcher, and because he had earned his 2.75 ERA in a pitchers park, he also converts the highest HR number for any Braves player in this series to a deep flyout.
Ji Hwan Bae's standard replacement batting card is not that good - just a 27 for a Home Run, but he brings the highest steal rating, a AAA to the line-up. Complete numbers on all these players can be found on this link. Also click for the cards for all pitchers, as well as all hitters. For the new cards noted, look at the bottom of the team to pull up the standard replacement pitcher card and just use the PB noted below, then do the same for the standard replacement better card and just adjust the home run range to what is show below.
|Pitt Improved vs. Atl||Pos||Change||Before/Now-OPS/ERA|
|David Bednar||P||Better||3.54 / 1.50|
|Rodolfo Castro (Bat: S)||SS||Better||0.678 / 0.804|
|Jason Delay||Ca||Better||0.552 / 0.840|
|Jose Hernandez (LHP)||P||Better, 2-7 new^top HR>Out, 2IP||/ 2.75|
|Colin Holderman||P||Better||4.10 / 2.45|
|Ji Hwan Bae (Bat: L)||CF||Better, 27-27 HR, AAA||/ 0.683|
|Connor Joe||RF||Better||0.741 / 0.832|
|Tucupita Marcano (Bat: L)||SS||Better||0.635 / 0.809|
|Andrew McCutchen||RF||Better||0.738 / 0.826|
|Dauri Moreta||P||Better||4.39 / 2.01|
|Jack Suwinski (Bat: L)||CF||Better||0.747 / 0.839|
|Vince Velasquez||P||Better||4.68 / 3.06|
|Pirates Down Graded Cards||Pos||Change||Before/Now|
|Ji Man Choi (Bat: L)||1B||Worst||0.752 / 0.469|
|Chase De Jong||P||Worst||4.56 / 10.61|
|Austin Hedges||Ca||Worst||0.560 / 0.433|
|Tyler Heineman (Bat: S)||Ca||Worst||0.667 / 0.311|
|Chris Owings||SS||Worst||0.616 / 0.333|
|Atl Improved vs. Pitt||Pos||Change||Before/Now - ERA or OPS|
|Ronald Acuna Jr.||RF||Better||0.875 / 0.972|
|Orlando Arcia||SS||Better||0.690 / 0.885|
|Jesse Chavez||P||Better, 2-7 new, 1 IP||/ 2.01|
|Bryce Elder||P||Better||4.22 / 2.01|
|Sam Hilliard (Bat: L)||CF||Better||0.664 / 0.756|
|Sean Murphy||Ca||Better||0.796 / 0.935|
|Marcell Ozuna||LF||Better||0.763 / 0.850|
|Braves downgraded cards||Pos||Change||Before/Now|
|Ehire Adrianza (Bat: S)||SS||Worst||0.655 / 0.091|
|Michael Harris II (Bat: L)||CF||Worst||0.790 / 0.544|
|Lucas Luetge (LHP)||P||Worst||4.07 / 7.71|
|A.J. Minter (LHP)||P||Worst||3.25 / 7.43|
|Chadwick Tromp||Ca||Worst||0.662 / 0.313|
|Eli White||CF||Worst||0.631 / 0.307|
|Kyle Wright||P||Worst||3.94 / 5.79|