In the first full week of action since the All-Star Break, the Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez was as locked in as any hitter’s been this season, slugging five home runs out of his 10 total hits in the past seven days.
Gonzalez led the Majors in home runs (5) and slugging percentage (1.190), while pacing the Senior Circuit with 11 RBis and 25 total bases, tying for the NL lead with nine runs.
What’s most astounding about Gonzalez’s raw numbers is the fact that he accomplished them in just five games over the last seven days. He scored at least one run in each of the last five games, and recorded at least one hit in each game, and multiple hits in four of five contests.
Gonzalez slugged two homers and drove in six with four runs scored during a 17-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds to cap off the week on Sunday, tying his career high in runs scored. His multi-homer game was the second of the season for Gonzalez, who also belted two circuit shots in Friday’s 6-5 win over the Reds. The six RBIs also tied a career high.
Gonzalez’s .476 batting average (10-for-21) was fifth among National League batters for the week.