Over the weekend, the Canadian slugger collected a combined nine RBI in three games against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. In Sunday's series finale, Morneau went 2-for-4 with a run scored and five RBI in a losing effort as Philadelphia avoided the sweep by outlasting the Rockies in a 10-9 slugfest. It was his third consecutive multi-RBI game and the fourth in his last five games. The 32-year-old also hit his fourth home run of the season in the loss, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning which tied the game at eight. Morneau, who signed with the Rockies as a free agent in December, clubbed his first home run at Coors Field in Saturday night's contest between the two clubs. The two-run shot in the fourth-inning proved to be the difference as the Rockies won by a 3-1 tally. The home run marked just the second of his career in Denver, having hit his first as a member of the Minnesota Twins on May 18, 2008. In Friday's outing, the 12-year veteran got the Rockies offense started with a two-run double in the bottom of the first en route to a 12-1 victory. He was also busy in the field, setting a career-high and tying a Rockies franchise record with 18 putouts in a 9.0 inning game (also: Todd Helton 6/19/09 vs. PIT). This is the third career weekly honor for Morneau, who previously won in the A.L. for the weeks ending July 6, 2009 and July 9, 2007, both as a member of the Twins.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Morneau's Colorado teammates Troy Tulowitzki (.500, 8 R, 11 H, 4 2B, HR, 6 RBI, .818 SLG, .621 OBP) and LaTroy Hawkins (0-0, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA); Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco (.526, 10 H, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, .842 SLG, .571 OBP) and Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 12 SO, 9.0 IP); Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (.333, 6 R, 7 H, 2 HR, 10 RBI, .714 SLG, .481 OBP), Christian Yelich (.435, 6 R, 10 H, 3 2B, .519 OBP) and Henderson Alvarez (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 4 SO, 9.0 IP); and David Wright (.464, 13 H, 6 RBI, .621 OBP) of the New York Mets.
In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Justin Morneau will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.