Edwin Jackson named National League Player of the Week
Arizona Diamondbacks starter Edwin Jackson, who pitched a no-hitter on Friday, June 25th, has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for the period of June 21-27, 2010. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America’s long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
In his only start of the week, Jackson tossed the fourth no-hitter of the 2010 season as the Diamondbacks defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0, at Tropicana Field. The hard-throwing righty recorded six strikeouts in 9.0 innings of work while his eight walks were tied for third-most in a no-hitter all-time, less than only the 10 walks issued in Jim Maloney’s game for the Cincinnati Reds (8/19/65 at Chicago) and the nine from A.J. Burnett in his no-no for the Florida Marlins (5/12/01 at San Diego). The 2009 A.L. All-Star threw 149 pitches in the game, marking the highest pitch total in a no-hitter all-time and the most by a single pitcher in a Major League game since the Nationals’ Livan Hernandez threw 150 pitches on June 3, 2005 vs. Florida. The no-no was the fourth ever recorded during Interleague play and the second by a D-backs pitcher (the first was Randy Johnson’s perfect game, 5/18/04 at Atlanta). Jackson also became the fourth pitcher since 1950 to throw a no-hitter against one of his former teams. This marks Jackson’s first career weekly award.
Other nominees this past week included Jackson’s teammates Justin Upton (.571, 1.095 SLG, 3 HR, 12 H) and Rodrigo Lopez (2-0, 2.57 ERA, 14.0 IP); Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce (.500, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 5 R), Brandon Phillips (.407, 11 H, .429 OBP) and Scott Rolen (.278, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R); Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez (.400, 10 H, 3 R, 2 SB); Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard (.333, HR, 4 RBI, 7 R), Jayson Werth (.400, .700 SLG, 4 RBI, 6 R) and Jamie Moyer (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 12 SO, 15.0 IP); Florida’s Hanley Ramirez (.409, 9 H, 4 RBI); Jose Reyes (.360, 2 SB, 9 H, HR) and David Wright (.500, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 11 H, .955 SLG) of the New York Mets; San Diego’s Will Venable (.286, 3 HR, 8 RBI) and Heath Bell (0.00 ERA, 7 SO, 4 SV); and Milwaukee hurlers Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO) and Chris Narveson (2-0, 2.08 ERA, 10 SO, 13.0 IP).
The Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week, Edwin Jackson, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.