When Jason Heyward gunned down Rick Ankiel at second base Friday night it was his career-high sixth outfield assist of the season and his third in nine games. He nailed Jason Kubel at the plate to save Jair Jurrjens a run on Thursday night, and nabbed Mark Teixeira at home to save Tim Hudson a run at Yankee Stadium on June 19.
Heyward’s previous career-high was five assists during his standout 2010 rookie season.
“It’s something that’s been a part of my game and I want to try to keep improving on it at this level,” Heyward said. “I’m just trying to grow in the game and keep helping out the pitchers.”