07/07/2003 8:07 PM ET
Redman named Player of Week
2003 Player of the Week winners
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- In a time of need, Marlins left-hander Mark Redman delivered two impressive complete-game victories.
On June 30, the 29-year-old went the distance in a 3-1 win over the Braves at Pro Player Stadium. For an encore on Sunday, he topped the Phillies in a 6-3 win at Veterans Stadium, ensuring the Marlins their first three-game sweep in Philadelphia.
For his two outstanding efforts, Redman was named National League Pepsi Player of the Week for June 30-July 6.
"It's a nice and deserving honor," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.
Redman becomes the second Marlins pitcher to receive the top N.L. weekly award in three weeks. Rookie Dontrelle Willis was a co-winner the week of June 16-22.
"We got the wins, that's all matters," said Redman, who was 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA for the week. "We're getting closer to the wild card. That's the achievement I treasure."
Redman has tossed three complete games this season and now has six for his career.
In 18 innings, he gave up 12 hits, walked two and struck out eight.
Redman was selected for the award over nine other players, including teammates Luis Castillo and Ivan Rodriguez. Castillo hit a league-leading .500 and Rodriguez batted .385 with 11 RBIs, tops in the league for the week.
Redman receives a Tourneau Luxury Swiss timepiece for the honor.
The most experienced veteran on the Marlins' young staff, Redman produced two noteworthy starts in opportune situations. His 3-1 win over Atlanta came a day after the Marlins lost, 11-7, at Boston.
Florida had lost two of three against the Red Sox in a series where they gave up 45 runs.
"I think the more satisfying thing is going back to Florida and taking two out of three from Atlanta, especially after the beating we took in Boston," Redman said of the significance of beating the Braves on June 30.
"I'd like to be known as a starter who can go the distance. I think it rubs off on the other pitchers too. They can think, 'That old Redman can go out there and do that. And not throw hard.' Maybe the other guys can suck it up and go an extra inning or two innings and not really rely on the bullpen."
Redman, 7-3 on the season, threw a career-high 140 pitches, on a 92-degree afternoon, as the Marlins swept the Phillies Sunday at Veterans Stadium.
He battled after giving up a two-run homer to Jim Thome in the first inning, and a solo shot to David Bell in the fourth. But he settled and was throwing better in the final five innings than he did the first four.
"If you would have told me he would toss a complete game after the second inning, I'd have said you are crazy," Marlins pitching coach Wayne Rosenthal said. "He makes adjustments in the middle of the game and he finds ways to get people out."
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.