PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – After leading the National League in total bases with 71, extra-base hits with 19, hits with 41 and slugging percentage at .602, the Pirates All-Star utilityman Josh Harrison has been named the National League Player of the Month for August.

Harrison’s 41 hits were the most by a Pirate in a single month since Andrew McCutchen also had 41 in July in 2012.

A major highlight of the month for Harrison was his performance on Aug. 22 when he knocked in a career-high five RBI in an 8-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Behind Harrison’s red hot bat, the Pirates were able to stay in the playoff race going 14-14 on the month.

Harrison beat out Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, San Francisco’s Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Pable Sandoval, Atlanta’s Justin Upton, St. Louis’ Jon Jay and Los Angeles’ Adrian Gonzalez for the award.

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