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Tim Lincecum of the Giants, Josh Willingham of the Nationals named the National League Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America08/03/2009 3:18 PM ET
Right-hander Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants and outfielder Josh Willingham of the Washington Nationals have been named National League Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending August 2nd. Bank of America is the Official Bank of Major League Baseball and the only place where you can get your favorite Club logo on checks, check cards or credit cards. For more information on MLB® banking, visit bankofamerica.com/MLB.
Last week, Lincecum went 2-0 for the San Francisco Giants, recording a 0.00 ERA and a Major League-best 23 strikeouts over 17.0 innings pitched. On July 27th, the reigning N.L. Cy Young Award winner allowed just two unearned runs and struck out a career-high 15 batters in a complete game victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. The Washington native became just the third Giants pitcher since 1958 to notch 15-or-more strikeouts in a game. The 25-year-old Lincecum, who paces the Majors with 191 strikeouts entering play today, has recorded at least eight strikeouts in each of his last ten starts, making him the first pitcher since Boston's Pedro Martinez in 2002 to accomplish the feat. This marks the first career weekly award for the two-time All-Star, who was the N.L.'s starting pitcher in the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis.
In six games last week, Willingham hit .435 (10-23) with two doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI. The left fielder collected four multi-hit games while posting a .913 slugging percentage and a .519 on-base percentage. On July 27th, the 30-year-old hit two grand slams at Miller Park to lead the Nationals to a 14-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Josh became just the 13th player in Major League history to accomplish the feat and the first player to do so since Boston's Bill Mueller in 2003. The eight-RBI game marked a career high for the 17th round-selection of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft and matched a franchise single-game mark, including Montreal. This marks Josh's first career weekly award.
Other nominees this past week included Arizona's Mark Reynolds (.263, 4 HR, 5 RBI); Rafael Soriano (4 SO, 2 SV) of the Braves; Aramis Ramirez (.455, 2 HR, 8 RBI) of the Cubs; Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (.458, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB); Brendan Donnelly (2-0, 3.00 ERA, 6 SO) of the Marlins; Houston's Miguel Tejada (.345, 1 HR, 8 RBI); Ryan Braun (2 3B, 19 TB) of the Brewers; Johan Santana (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 SO) of the Mets; Andrew McCutchen (.333, 3 HR, 6 RBI) of the Pirates; Matt Holliday (.500, 13 H, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Cardinals; San Francisco's Eugenio Velez (.444, 1 HR, 7 RBI); and Washington's Ryan Zimmerman (.440, 3 HR, 8 RBI).
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Tim Lincecum and Josh Willingham with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of their achievement as the National League Co-Players of the Week presented by Bank of America.
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