The San Francisco Giants went 4-2 last week and owe half of those victories to Bank of America Presents National League Player of the Week Jonathan Sanchez. For the week of June 23-29, Sanchez went 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA over 14 2/3 innings pitched in two starts. He allowed just one run in each start, both earned, on nine combined hits and three walks. "It feels good. I didn't expect to get this award because there are a lot of good players in the game," Sanchez said. "This makes me feel better like I'm doing well and doing what I'm supposed to do."
The left-hander ranked second in innings pitched for the week and his 14 strikeouts tied for second. Sanchez's first start of the week came June 24 at Cleveland, where he surrendered just five hits in 7 2/3 innings while striking out eight. It was his third June start with eight strikeouts. He next took the mound on June 29 at Bay Area rival Oakland. He tossed seven innings against the Athletics, allowing four hits and striking out six. His victory clinched the three-game series for San Francisco. "I think the main thing has been my command, making my pitches and throwing strikes," Sanchez said. "I feel very confident right now." This is the first time Sanchez has garnered Player of the Week honors. He's posted an 8-4 record in 17 starts this season with a 3.79 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 102 innings. "It's great news. He's done a great job and deserves it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He has the stuff, now he's just settling down as a pitcher and using all his pitches. He's keeping his poise out there and now it's just a matter of him being consistent and going out there and doing what he does." In recognition of his performances, Sanchez will receive an engraved luxury Swiss timepiece from Tourneau. Sanchez will make his bid for a second straight Player of the Week Award on Friday against Derek Lowe (5-8, 3.88) when the Giants play host to the Dodgers in the first game of a three-game series.
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. David Biderman and Jayson Addcox contributed. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.