7/ 21/14


(Courtesy of River Cats Media Relations)

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – River Cats outfielder and Triple-A All-Star Shane Peterson has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the week of July 14-20—the first weekly honor of his minor league career.

After participating in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, Peterson racked up a PCL-best nine runs, nine hits, eight RBI, six extra-base hits, and 21 total bases in just three games. He also led the league in batting average (.600) and slugging percentage (1.400). His week was highlighted by a three-homer performance on Thursday, a 10-9 extra-inning win over the Albuquerque Isotopes at Isotopes Park. Peterson finished the game 3-for-5 with four runs, three home runs, and four RBI. He followed up that performance by collecting his first four-hit game of the season on Friday, while scoring four runs for the second-consecutive night.

Peterson is now batting .320 with eight home runs and 65 RBI for the season. He is currently the league-leader with 124 hits and 71 runs scored, and is tied for the lead with 97 games played and 29 doubles. In addition, Peterson ranks second in at-bats (387), fourth in total bases (181), and fifth in RBI.

Peterson joins right-handed pitcher Dan Straily and catcher Stephen Vogt as the only other River Cats to receive a weekly award this season.


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