A hitter's cycle and a pitcher's complete game could be considered the most comprehensive performances in baseball. For such efforts, Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman and Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo were named the National League's Co-Players of the Week on Tuesday.
For Guzman, his home run, triple, double and single last Thursday propelled the Nationals to a three-game sweep of the Dodgers. On a seven-game winning streak heading into Tuesday's action, Guzman has played a large role in Washington's recent upswing, batting .552 (16-for-29) with six RBIs last week.
With a 4-for-5 line, Guzman took home the franchise's second cycle -- along with some perspiration and plenty of satisfaction. This weekly award is the first of Guzman's career.
"I feel great. As you can see, I'm still sweating," Guzman said after three RBIs and two runs scored in the 11-2 win. "It's hard to do. When other players [hit for the cycle], you feel great and happy."
Guzman's cycle was an elixir of hope for the last-place Nationals, who were rooting for their lone All-Star to secure the feat with a triple in the eighth inning. During the Dodgers series, Guzman showed his teammates that he was over a left thumb injury by going 9-for-13 with a home run and four RBIs.
"We were all going crazy because it's a good thing for him," pitcher Jason Bergmann said after the game. "And if it's good for him, to see a smile on his face, it's good for our team. And we'd like to be a little happier around here."
Pitching for the NL Central's second-to-last-place team, Arroyo's nine-inning display last Tuesday against the Astros was a lone bright spot to counter two losses for the Reds in that series. He followed that outing with his 15th quality start of the season on Sunday against the Giants, earning his third victory in three starts by allowing two earned runs in seven innings.
The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 1.69 ERA this past week, surrendering three runs and two walks while striking out eight. His complete game was the Reds' first in almost a year, dating back to Aug. 29, 2007, and the Player of the Week honor is also the first of Arroyo's career.
"We got one. At least we're off the schneid for this season," Arroyo said of the complete game, allowing one earned run on five hits.
Other nominees for the National League Player of the Week Award were the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and the Reds' Edwin Encarnacion, along with a quintet of Phillies -- Jayson Werth, Ryan Howard, Brett Myers, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley -- and a quartet of Mets, including Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes and Mike Pelfrey.
Jon Blau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.