On Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies at the Rogers Centre, Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two doubles to go along with his third career grand slam and second of the season (also April 8th). Additionally, the 2015 AL MVP collected his fourth career five-RBI game and second of the 2016 campaign (also May 27th) and fourth of his career. In Toronto's seriesopener against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, the Auburn University product delivered a solo homer and two-run triple in the Blue Jays' 13-3 victory over the O's. It was his third round-tripper in four games and his fourth triple of the season, already establishing a career high for three-baggers in a season. With his fourth double of the week in Saturday's tilt against the Orioles, the 48th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft extended his hitting streak to 11 games, matching a career high set in 2013. During his torrid streak, Donaldson, a two-time AL All-Star, batted .442 (19-for-43) with five doubles, three triples, four home runs and 16 RBI, while logging multi-hit efforts in four consecutive contests from June 14th-17th. Helped in large part by their slugger's hot week at the plate, the Blue Jays tallied four wins, scored 52 runs and improved their overall record to 39-33.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Josh's teammates Edwin Encarnacion (.381, 9 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and Devon Travis (.545, 4 2B, 7 RBI, 1.000 SLG); Justin Upton (5 R, 9 H, 2 HR, 11 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; Salvador Perez (.483, 7 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals; Franklin Gutierrez (.368, 6 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; Didi Gregorius (.417, 6 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI) of the New York Yankees; and Colby Lewis (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 CG, 4 SO) of the Texas Rangers.
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Josh Donaldson will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.