SAN DIEGO -- Winning National League Player of the Week honors only means something to Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez if he does so while his club is winning.
Well, winning ballgames is all the Brewers did last week, as Gomez led the league in hitting and slugging percentage, taking home the honor for the third time in his career.
"The week past, we won seven games in a row," the 27-year-old Gomez said. "That's more important. For Player of the Week, you can have three or four really good games, but when you do something to help win games for your team, I think that's more important."
Gomez went 9-for-18 on the week with 17 total bases and a .526 on-base percentage. He previously won the award last July and in September 2008.
Gomez also grabbed his 500th career hit Sunday -- a third-inning single off the Cubs' Scott Feldman. It's a milestone he takes plenty of stock in.
"It's a big number, the number 500," Gomez said. "Not many players get 500 hits. You never know what's going to happen."
During the week, Gomez became the first Brewer with three consecutive three-hit games since Casey McGehee accomplished the feat in September 2010.
He raised his average from .214 to .300 heading into Monday's game, adding that when he was struggling early, he felt he was putting together solid at-bats -- only without the results to show for it.
Now, with the award in the bag and 500 hits to his name, Gomez is in search of 500 more.
"The goal is now to get to 1,000, then 1,500," Gomez said. "I'm still young, and hopefully I still have a long way to go."