Jun 22, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

A Near Pefect Game Earns Eastern League Honors

There was little doubt as to who would be named the pitcher of the week in the Eastern League, as Casey Lawrence put together a complete game shutout (in 7 innings due to a double header). His eight strikeouts and no walks made for a fantastic outing, but so did the fact that he came within a single out from a perfect game. With two outs in the seventh inning, Mike Kvasnicka hit a ground ball single to left field breaking up the perfecto, but Lawrence refocused on the next batter after a brief coaching visit to the mound, and finished off the shutout.

Sean Coyle came away with the offensive player of the week, as he reached base multiple times in five of his past six games. Over his past ten games, Coyle hitting .406 and reaching base at a .537 clip, raising his season rates to .363 and .444 respectively. He has nine home runs this season and 12 steals this season, as the once highly thought of prospect is trying to re-establish himself as a potential future piece for the Boston Red Sox, and is doing an excellent job of it thus far this season.

While Coyle earned the offensive player of the week, the best single game performance by any hitter in the league came from two time MLB All-Star, Bryce Harper. While on a rehab assignment on Saturday night, Harper crushed three home runs and drove in five runs. Harper will return to the Washington Nationals on Monday.

Harper was not the only player to have a five RBI game on Saturday, as New York Mets prospect Dilson Herrera hit his first Eastern League home run and drove in five on four hits against Altoona as he rockets up Mets prospect lists.

Tyler Wilson allowed just three base runners over seven innings while striking out nine and refusing to surrender a single run Saturday night. He earned the win for the Bowie Baysox, giving him five wins in his last five outings and ten on the season, tying him with Henry Owens for tops in the Eastern Le

Tags: Bryce Harper Casey Lawrence Dilson Herrera Sean Coyle Tyler Wilson

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