Giancarlo Stanton keeps finding new ways to make his home runs interesting. Recently, he hit a home run completely out of Dodger Stadium. On Friday against the Braves, he drilled a Cody Martin fastball to straightaway center field, finding the relatively small window of the camera room in center field at Marlins Park.
The blast was Stanton’s second of the game and his 10th on the year. He’s batting .258/.336/.545 with 35 RBI. He is good at hitting baseballs.
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.