PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was named National League Player of the Week on Monday.
In six games last week, Ruiz paced the Major Leagues with a .500 batting average (11-for-22) and a .593 on-base percentage.
His seven RBI ranked first in the National League while his 20 total bases were tied for the League’s top mark. Ruiz also ranked second in the League with eight runs scored and a .909 slugging percentage, and his 11 hits were tied for second.
Ruiz helped propel the Phillies to a 6-5 win in Saturday’s second game of a three-game set at Arizona, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and playing a key role in the Phillies’ four-run rally in the eighth inning. Down 5-2, Ruiz hit a run-scoring single before scoring the go-ahead run on Ben Revere’s single.
Ruiz got the week off to a hot start, going a combined 7-for-14 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBI in Philadelphia’s series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. His six extra-base hits in the four-game set were the most by any Major League player in a single series this year and were the most by a Phillies hitter since Jayson Werth in 2008 (9/28-31; 3 2B, 3 HR vs. CHI). Ruiz went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored in Thursday’s series finale as the Phillies took three of four from the Dodgers with a 7-3 win.
On Tuesday, Ruiz hit his first triple since the 2010 season and would later score the game-winning run after reaching on an error as the Phillies edged the Dodgers, 3-2, in 10 innings.
He hit his first home run of the 2014 campaign in Monday’s contest, finishing the day 3-for-4 with four RBI in a 7-0 win.
Ruiz currently ranks second among N.L. receivers with eight doubles. His .296 batting average (21-for-71) ranks third. This is his first career weekly award.
The Phillies return to Citizens Bank Bark to open up a seven-game homestand on Tuesday against the New York Mets.