Colorado's Charlie Blackmon led the Major Leagues in hitting last week, posting a .542 batting average (13-for-24) in seven games, while his .560 on-base percentage was tied for first. In the N.L., Blackmon was tied for second in hits, ranked third in slugging (.792), tied for fifth in total bases (19) and stolen bases (2) and tied for 10th in runs scored (5) and RBI (6). The 24-year-old collected nine hits over consecutive games on April 4th and 5th to tie Juan Pierre's franchise record (set 9/20-21/2012), helping the Rockies earn back-to-back wins against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Blackmon's 6-for-6 effort in the April 4th contest was also a record-tying performance, matching Andres Galarraga's single-game franchise mark (7/3/1995 vs. HOU). The Texas native became just the 100th Major Leaguer since 1914 to collect six-or-more hits in a single game. Blackmon, whose six-hit day included three doubles, also became the first player to have at least six hits with three doubles in a single game since Dick Groat accomplished the feat (5/13/1960). Selected by the Rockies in the second round of the 2008 Draft, Blackmon made his first career Opening Day start on March 31st after spending parts of three seasons on the Rockies' Major League roster. This is his second career weekly award, having won previously for the week ending September 22, 2013.
Other noteworthy performances last week included San Francisco's Brandon Belt (.323, 10 H, 4 HR, 7 RBI, .710 SLG) and Angel Pagan (.419, 4 R, 13 H, 8 RBI, .613 SLG, .455 OBP); Emilio Bonifacio (.500, 14 H, 5 R, 2 2B, 4 SB, .571 SLG, .548 OBP) of the Chicago Cubs; Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez (.346, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 9 H, 7 R, 2 SB, .731 SLG, .433 OBP); Miami's Casey McGehee (.375, 4 2B, 10 RBI, 9 H, .625 SLG, .467 OBP) and Giancarlo Stanton (.345, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 10 H, 7 R, 2 SB, .655 SLG, .406 OBP); Arizona's Mark Trumbo (.346, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 9 H, .846 SLG, .414 OBP) and Wade Miley (2-0, 3.60 ERA, 7 SO, 15.0 IP); Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.2 IP, 7 SO); and Zack Greinke (2-0, 3.27 ERA, 11.0 IP, 13 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In recognition of their National League Player of the Week Awards, Jose Fernandez and Charlie Blackmon will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.