Winnipeg Goldeyes outfielder Max Murphy and Gary SouthShore RailCats right-hander Julio Vivas won the American Association’s Pointstreak batter and pitcher of the week for the week ending on 8/13, the league announced Monday.
Murphy stood above the rest this week, hitting a whopping .611 (11-for-18) including two doubles and three home runs along with 11 runs batted in. He also walked three times while striking out just twice.
Murphy’s highlight of the week was his two home-run performance in Winnipeg’s series-opening win against Fargo-Moorhead on Friday night as he drove in four runs for the second straight game.
The reigning player of the year leads the American Association with 24 home runs on the season and is now tied atop the league in runs batted in with 74 as well.
On the pitching side, Vivas has been quite the addition for the RailCats. Vivas made one start this week and two appearances, totaling 11.1 innings pitched without allowing an earned run.
Vivas started against Kane County on Sunday afternoon, twirling 6.2 shutout innings with eight strikeouts to lead the RailCats to a 1-0 win to clinch the series victory.
Vivas re-joined Gary after pitching in 18 games for them a season ago. He previously spent five seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization between 2011-2016.
Pointstreak is the official statistician of the American Association.