Roskam; Toplikar Earn Weekly Awards

Lincoln Saltdogs catcher Luke Roskam and Sioux City Explorers starter Trenton Toplikar earned the American Association’s Pointstreak Batter and Pitcher of the week, the league announced Monday.

Roskam was on fire this week for a Lincoln team that has surged up to a tie for second place in the West division. The catcher hit .542 (13-for-24) to lead the league including a double, three home runs and eight runs batted in.

Roskam also drew five walks on the week in six games and scored five runs as well. 

The Minnesota native is hitting .307 in his second season with the Saltdogs with seven home runs and 36 runs batted in.

On the pitching side, Toplikar made two outstanding starts for Sioux City in a week where they won everything, finishing a sweep of Cleburne on Sunday for their seventh consecutive win.

Toplikar pitched more than seven innings in both starts he made, totaling 14.2 innings pitched allowing just two earned runs and striking out 11.

The right-hander picked up a tough no-decision, going 7.2 innings in Winnipeg while striking out six. He then pitched seven innings of one-run ball against a tough Cleburne lineup, picking up the win while striking out five and walking none.

The California native is in his first season of American Association baseball and currently holds a 3.02 ERA on the season along with a 2-1 record.

Pointstreak is the official statistician of the American Association.


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