Jose Altuve had an insane week against the Oakland Athletics, terrorizing the beleaguered green and gold bullpen and swiping three of his four bases over the last seven days, while at the Oakland Coliseum, and going 4-for-7 at the plate in a quick two-game sweep.
Altuve led the majors in batting (.529), on-base percentage (.667) and stolen bases, but it was Marcell Ozuna of the Miami Marlins who stole the show. Ozuna's leaping, run-saving hanging grab on the wall at Marlins Park ended the week on a high note for the Miami left fielder, he was a run-producing machine at the dish.
Over the past seven days, Ozuna drove in a big league-best 12 runs (three more than the next most-prolific RBI machine, Yoenis Cespedes), scored four more, slugged four home runs and hit .435 (10-for-23) in six games. Ozuna slugged 1.000, with an OPS of 1.481 and added three walks.
The Marlins went 4-2 over the last week, with Ozuna driving in six runs in only two official at-bats in Monday's 8-4 win over the Atlanta Braves, belting two home runs. Of the over 2,000 times a player has produced at least six RBIs in a single game since 1920, Ozuna became only the ninth player to knock in at least six with two or fewer official at-bats, and the first since Brett Boone did it against the Astros on June 10, 2000.
Ozuna started out with a sacrifice fly to right in the bottom of the first to plate Christian Yelich, then drove in both Yelich and Justin Bour with a circuit shot in the bottom of the third, driving an 0-2 fastball from ageless Braves starter Bartolo Colon over the center field wall.
Ozuna once again drove in Yelich, this time on a 96-mph, 1-0 delivery from reliever Mike Foltynewicz in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Marlins their final tally of the day, and an 8-3 lead.
Two nights later, Ozuna went 2-for-6 with another four RBIs in a 16-inning marathon against the New York Mets, but the Marlins came out on the losing end, 9-8.
Ozuna went yard again in Friday's Jackie Robinson Day nail-biter against the Mets, socking his fifth homer of the year to center on a 1-1 offering from New York starter Adam Conley in the bottom of the second.
In the week's finale on Sunday, Ozuna went 3-for-4 against the Mets, with a double and an RBI in a 4-2 win to clinch a 3-1 series win over New York.