Grand slams played grand roles this past week for the Bank of America National League co-Players of the Week.
Pirates left fielder Jason Bay and Giants third baseman Pedro Feliz each hit a grand slam and added two more homers last week on their way to sharing the weekly honor recognizing their play between May 15-21.
Bay led the league with 11 RBIs for the week, batted .333 and scored five times. Feliz was just behind his co-Player of the Week with 10 RBIs and was tied for the NL lead scoring eight times.
Bay said he knows he's an integral part of the Pirates' offense, and his production last week proved it.
In helping his team win its second series of the season, he went 5-for-13 with seven RBIs against the Reds. Then Saturday, against the Indians in Interleague Play, he was three-of-five with two homers and four RBIs.
For the week, Bay had a .750 slugging percentage and a .407 on-base percentage.
"He's a guy that has been in the middle of a lot of the things we've done offensively here as of late," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "He's starting to heat up."
Since moving from the clean-up spot to sixth for a game May 12, Bay's offensive production has exploded. In the eight games since the move, he has 10 hits and 11 RBIs.
"It's nice for me to get out of a funk and get rolling a little bit especially if that translates to wins for us," he said.
The Giants went 5-1 this past week, including a series sweep at Houston in which the team scored at least 10 runs in all three games. Feliz played a huge role for his team's offense against the Astros.
In Houston, Feliz hit a homer in each game, and in the series opener May 15, he totaled three hits and five RBIs. For the series, which include a start at clean-up for a resting Barry Bonds, Feliz went 8-for-16 and scored six runs.
On the week, Feliz had a .679 slugging percentage and 19 total bases.
"He's staying on the breaking ball more and still hitting the fastball he likes to hit," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "He's a tremendous athlete. He never gets tired. He's like [Baltimore all-star shortstop Miguel] Tejada, same kind of body."
Feliz, who said he has been seeing pitches well of late, looks to keep up his streak of playing in each game and has plans that go beyond the regular season.
"I'm in there every day and I hope I can keep it that way," he said. "I'd like to play more than 162 games, with the playoffs."
Matthew Borensteinis an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.