Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been named National League Player of the Week for the week ending April 27.
In six games last week, Ruiz paced the Major Leagues with a .500 batting average, going 11-for-22. He also led the Majors with a .593 on-base percentage. The 35-year-old’s seven RBI ranked first in the N.L., 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. Hhis 11 hits were tied for second.
The veteran catcher’s bat 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. Down 5-2, Ruiz laced a run-scoring single before scoring the go-ahead run on Ben Revere’s single. With the performance, he extended his hitting streak against the Diamondbacks to nine games, dating back to 2012.
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. 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