As part of a one-year, $3 million contract Nick Punto also got an option for 2015 that vested based on his days spent on the active roster. Punto told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he reached the magic number, so he’s now signed for $2.75 million.
Punto hit just .207 with two homers and a .589 OPS in 73 games for his worst production since 2007. He’ll turn 37 years old in November, so expect limited playing time again next season.
Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.
Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.
Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.