CURVE, Pa. - Outfielder Alex Dickerson turned in another off-the-charts week for the Curve and has been selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week, the league announced today. It's the second Player of the Week award in three weeks for Dickerson, who scooped up the award for the period of July 8-15, and the third weekly award in his career. He batted .400 during the week with four doubles, two homers, 13 RBI and seven runs scored.
Dickerson, 23, homered and drove in three during the Curve's mid-week series in Trenton before going on a tear over the weekend in Manchester, N.H. The slugging outfielder drove in a career-high eight runs in the Curve's 13-6 win on Friday night. Dickerson had a three-run double before hitting a towering three-run homer later in the game. He capped his night with two-run double in the eighth inning.
It was his second game with seven or more RBI of the season after driving in seven runs on June 2 in Portland. The eight RBI tied a Curve franchise-high as well, which was set back on May 24, 2010 when Alex Presley drove in eight runs in Akron's Canal Park.
The Poway, Calif. native followed up his eight-RBI game on Friday with a perfect four-hit day on Saturday to help the Curve to a fourth-straight win. He had four singles in the game, scored three runs and also reached base via a hit by pitch as part of a, 9-2, win. In Sunday afternoon's series finale, Dickerson went 2-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring doubles in a, 7-3, victory.
At the time of his selection Dickerson is batting .298 (101-for-339) with 30 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 95 games. Since June 1, Dickerson has been on a torrid pace, batting .360 (67-for-186) with 30 extra-base hits (19 doubles, 11 home runs) to go with 44 RBI and 39 runs scored in 50 games. The .360 average since June 1 is the second-best in all of Double-A over that time frame behind Binghamton's Cesar Peullo, who's hitting 378.
He's now among the Eastern League leaders in average (.298, 9th), doubles (30, 1st), extra-base hits (46, 1st) and slugging percentage (.522, 3rd).
Dickerson was selected by the Pirates in the third round of the 2011 draft following his junior season at Indiana University. Last season, he was named the Florida State League Player of the Year for his season with High-A Bradenton.
Altoona (50-56), winners of five-straight, enjoy an off day today before opening up a homestand at 7 p.m. on Tuesday versus the Binghamton Mets. Postgame fireworks follow the Tuesday night game with the B-Mets on what is also Senior Night presented by Senior Life. Fans can also take advantage of a Two-for-Tuesday with two-for-one offers on tickets, hot dogs and regular popcorns thanks to Atlantic Broadband.
For tickets and more information, call 877.99.CURVE, visit AltoonaCurve.com or stop by the ticket windows at Peoples Natural Gas Field.
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