San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was named National League Player of the Week for the week of April 25th-May 1st, MLB announced on Monday afternoon.
In six games last week, Pence tied for the Major League lead with 10 RBI, while posting the NL's second-highest slugging percentage (.895). The Texas native also ranked among league leaders with a .421 (8-for-19) batting average (5th, NL), a .500 on-base percentage (T-4th, NL) and 17 total bases (T-7th, NL).
He clubbed a pair of home runs for the week and had four runs scored. Pence went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks and a triple in Wednesday's 13-9 victory over the San Diego Padres. The triple was the first of the season for the 33-year-old slugger and his first since May 28th of last year. Pence also collected a pair of RBI in the contest, helping his club sweep the three-game series at AT&T Park.
On Saturday, the three-time NL All-Star went 2-for-4 while driving in three runs in a losing effort as the Giants fell to the New York Mets, 6-5. Pence capped the week with a second straight three-RBI performance in Sunday's series finale at Citi Field. His two-run homer in the third off Mets flamethrower Noah Syndergaard gave his club a 3-0 lead while his runscoring single in the sixth provided insurance as the Giants cruised to a 6-1 victory.
This is Pence's fourth career Player of the Week honor, having won previously for September 9-15, 2013; August 29-September 5, 2010; and May 14-20, 2007 (the first two as a member of the Houston Astros).
Other noteworthy performances last week included Pence's San Francisco teammates Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 1.42 ERA, 16 SO, 12.2 IP) and Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 11 SO); Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 2.81 ERA, 24 SO, 16.0 IP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Colorado's Nolan Arenado (.385, 6 R, 10 H, 4 HR, 8 RBI, .885 SLG, .407 OBP); and Miami's Martin Prado (.536, 15 H, 3 RBI, .607 SLG, .567 OBP) and Giancarlo Stanton (.318, 7 H, 4 HR, 9 RBI, .909 SLG, .464 OBP).
In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Hunter Pence will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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