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Garrett Jones of the Pittsburgh Pirates voted winner of the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award for July08/04/2009 4:28 PM ET
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones has been voted the July recipient of the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award.
In 25 games during July, Jones hit .310 (31-100) and led all N.L. rookies with 10 home runs, 17 RBI and a .700 slugging percentage. The 28-year-old added seven doubles, a triple, five stolen bases and 16 runs scored while posting a .361 on-base percentage. In just his second game of the season on July 2nd against the New York Mets, Jones collected three extra-base hits with two RBI and three runs scored, finishing the game just a single shy of hitting for the cycle. The Tinley Park, Illinois product homered in four consecutive contests from July 10th-17th, capping the streak with a two-homer game against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park that included a walk-off solo shot in the 14th inning. Garrett compiled a 10-game hitting streak from July 4th-18th, hitting .325 (13-40) during the streak with six home runs and seven RBI. Jones collected nine multi-hit games, including four straight from July 22ndth-25, batting .588 (10-17) over the four contests. The left-handed slugger joined Donn Clendenon (1966) and Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner (1950) as the only Pirates in franchise history to hit 10 home runs in the month of July. In addition, he became the fastest player in team history to reach 10 home runs in a season, doing so in just 19 games.
Chicago Cubs right-hander Randy Wells (5-1, 3.23 ERA, 39.0 IP, 19 SO) also received votes.
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