Carlos Gonzalez was recognized for a torrid stretch at the plate on Monday, when he was named the National League Player of the Week. Gonzalez, who earned that designation twice last season, led all big league players with 10 RBIs last week and tied for first in hits (13) and runs (nine).
Gonzalez hit .481 (13-for-27) and batted safely in all six games last week, and he'll come into the new week riding the strength of a 15-game hitting streak. The veteran outfielder ranked second in the NL in total bases (24) last week and registered the league's fourth-best slugging (.889) mark.
The 25-year-old went 2-for-5 with a home run last Monday, spurring the Rockies to a victory. Two days later, he homered and drove in three runs to help Colorado cement a three-game sweep. Gonzalez had at least one RBI in five of his six games, with Sunday standing as the lone exception.
Gonzalez had four multihit games during the week, and he tied a career best with a four-hit game on Saturday. The reigning NL Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award winner has 35 RBIs since the All-Star break, which ranks second in the league to teammate Troy Tulowitzki.
Gonzalez, who will win a watch courtesy of Game Time in recognition of his award, beat out a talented group of rivals that included Tulowitzki and Milwaukee sluggers Ryan Braun and Corey Hart. The Dodgers had two players -- Matt Kemp and James Loney -- in the mix, and veterans Carlos Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Joey Votto were also a factor in the award balloting.
Two starting pitchers -- Chris Capuano and Ian Kennedy -- were considered for the award.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.