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08/04/2010 4:34 PM ET
Posey, Halladay voted National League Player, Pitcher of the Month
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San Francisco Giants rookie catcher-first baseman Buster Posey and Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay have been voted the National League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for July.

Posey was one of the hottest hitters in the Majors in July as he led the N.L. with 43 hits and ranked third with a .417 average (43-for-103). His 24 RBI were tied for third-best in the N.L., while his .466 on-base percentage and .699 slugging percentage ranked fourth and fifth in the league, respectively. The Florida State University product added six doubles and 20 runs scored. San Francisco's first round pick (5th overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft clubbed seven home runs in July, the highest monthly home run total by a Giants rookie since Jack Clark hit seven in 1977. Posey's 21-game hitting streak from July 4th-29th marked the longest streak in the N.L. this year and tied Jose Guillen for second-longest in the Major Leagues behind Josh Hamilton's 23-game streak from June 4th-30th.

On July 7th, the 23-year old slugger clubbed two homers and collected a career-high four hits in a 15-2 win at Milwaukee. The multi-homer performance was the first in the Major League career of the 2008 Golden Spikes Award winner, symbolic of the best amateur player in the country. This is his first career monthly award for the Georgia native, who becomes the first N.L. rookie to win N.L. Player of the Month honors since Milwaukee's Ryan Braun did so in July 2007.

In five July starts, Halladay went 3-1 with a 1.54 ERA. The right hander's 39 strikeouts were good for second in the National League while his 41.0 innings pitched ranked fourth. His two complete games were tied for the most in the Majors. Halladay recorded his 10th win of the season on July 5th, tossing a complete game in a 3-1 victory over Atlanta. In his next start, the seven-time All-Star threw nine shutout innings against the N.L. Central-leading Reds, but did not factor in the decision before the Phillies captured the 1-0 game in 11 innings. On July 28th, the Colorado native notched his Major League-leading eighth complete game of the season, holding the Diamondbacks to one run while striking out nine in a 7-1 win at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay's 158 strikeouts and 2.17 ERA rank second in the Majors while his 13 wins are tied for fourth. This is Roy's fourth career monthly award and his first as a National Leaguer.

In extremely tight voting for the Pitcher of the Month Award, Halladay edged out Florida's Ricky Nolasco (5-1, 3.00 ERA, 42.0 IP, 47 SO) and San Diego's Mat Latos (3-0, 1.04 ERA, 26.0 IP, 29 SO). Other pitchers receiving votes were San Diego's Heath Bell (2-0, 1.54 ERA, 8 SV); Florida's Josh Johnson (2-0, 1.35 ERA, 33.1 IP, 39 SO); and Johan Santana (3-0, 2.06 ERA, 43.2 IP, 28 SO) of the New York Mets. Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez (.382, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 7 2B, 20 R, 4 SB) and Cincinnati's Joey Votto (.362, 9 HR, 17 RBI, 24 R, .455 OBP) also received votes for Player of the Month.

Buster Posey and Roy Halladay will receive specially designed trophies, suitably engraved, to commemorate their Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month performances.

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