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08/22/2011 4:30 PM ET
Nick Hundley, Ryan Zimmerman share National League Player of the Week honors
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San Diego Padres catcher Nick Hundley and Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman have been named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week Award for the period of August 15-21, 2011. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

In seven games last week, Hundley led the Majors with a 1.083 slugging percentage and four triples, while his 26 total bases were tops in the National League. The 27-year-old backstop's .500 (12-24) batting average and 12 hits both tied for the N.L. lead last week, while his eight runs scored ranked second and his .520 on-base percentage was good for sixth. Hundley set career highs with four hits and three runs scored in Saturday's 14-1 win over the visiting Marlins. With a home run, two doubles and a single, the Corvallis, Oregon native fell just a triple short of the cycle for the second time in eight games since returning from the disabled list on August 12th. In Sunday's matchup at PETCO Park, Hundley tripled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and scored the winning run on Will Venable's walk-off single as the Padres finished a four-game sweep, with a 4-3 victory over the Fish. With four triples last week, the Padres' second round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft set a new career high with five this season, tying Benito Santiago (1990) for the most in a single season by a Padres catcher. This is his first career weekly award.

In six games last week, Zimmerman also tied for the N.L. lead with a .500 (12-24) batting average and 12 hits while ranking second in total bases (23), tying for second in home runs (3), tying for fifth in RBI (7) and ranking seventh in onbase percentage (.500). The fourth overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft clubbed a ninth-inning grand slam in Friday's matchup with the division-leading Phillies to give the host Nats an 8-4 win. The walk-off blast was the eighth gameending homer of Zimmerman's career, the most in the Majors by any player since his September 2005 Major League debut. With the homer, Zimmerman became the first player in Major League history to have eight or more game-ending homers in the first seven years of a career. In Sunday's rubber-match at Nationals Park, the 26-year-old slugger led off the tenth inning with a double and eventually scored the decisive run in Washington's 5-4 victory. Zimmerman has reached base safely in 27 consecutive contests, hitting .413 in that span. This is his second weekly award, having won previously on August 6, 2007.

Other noteworthy performances included Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (.400, 2 HR, 9 R, .760 SLG, .464 OBP), Prince Fielder (.308, HR, 9 RBI, 5 R) and John Axford (3.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 4 SO); Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez (.364, 3 HR, 11 RBI, .818 SLG, .462 OBP, 6 R); Yadier Molina (.300, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R) of the St. Louis Cardinals; Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips (.423, HR, 6 RBI, 11 H), Joey Votto (.400, 3 HR, 8 RBI) and Francisco Cordero (0.00 ERA, 3.0 IP, 3 SV, 4 SO); Aramis Ramirez (.500, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .955 SLG, .566 OBP) of the Chicago Cubs; Florida's Mike Stanton (4 HR, 6 RBI, .952 SLG); Ruben Tejada (.471, 8 H, 3 2B, SB) of the New York Mets; Pittsburgh's Neil Walker (.500, HR, 5 RBI, 10 H, 5 R); Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (0-1, 3.21 ERA, 19 SO, 14.0 IP); and Atlanta's Tim Hudson (1-0, 1.20 ERA, 9 SO, 15.0 ERA)

In recognition of their accomplishments as National League Co-Players of the Week, Nick Hundley and Ryan Zimmerman will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

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