Pence named NL Player of the Week
Astros right-fielder Hunter Pence has been named National League Player of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept. 5.
Pence tied for the NL lead with nine RBIs during the week and ranked third with a .500 (11-for-22) batting average. In addition, the 27-year-old slugger ranked second in slugging percentage (.909), third in total bases (20) and fourth in on-base percentage (.542). Pence added two home runs, five runs scored, a double and a triple, and posted three multi-RBI contests.
Pence also hit safely in each of his six games played, and recorded multiple hits in five of the six. On Sept. 1 against the NL Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals, Pence went 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBIs, two walks and a stolen base as he led the Astros to a 5-2 win and a three-game sweep over St. Louis.
On Sept. 5 at Arizona, the 2004 second round pick out of the University of Texas-Arlington connected for a three-run home run in the first inning and finished the game 2-for-4 in Houston’s 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. The 2009 NL All-Star is batting .290 with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs while leading the Astros with 44 multi-hit games. This marks the second career weekly award for Pence (previous: May 14-20, 2007).
Other nominees this past week included Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez (.517, 15 H, 5 RBI); Neal Walker (.481, 5 2B, 8 R) of the Pirates; Florida’s Hanley Ramirez (.444, .600 OBP, 8 R); Adam Dunn (.471, .941 SLG, 7 RBI) of the Nationals; Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens (2-0, 2.13 ERA, 15 SO); Pence’s Astros teammate J.A. Happ (2-0, 1.13 ERA, 11 SO); Carlos Zambrano (2-0, 1.46 ERA,15 SO) of the Cubs; and San Francisco’s Brian Wilson (1.80 ERA 4 SV).
The Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week, Pence, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.