Vazquez named NL Player of the Week

Braves pitcher Javier Vazquez was named National League Player of the Week on Monday, a day after pitching Atlanta’s first nine-inning complete game of the season in a 9-2 win at St. Louis.

He went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 16 innings over two starts last week to win the award, the second Player of the Week honor for Vazquez and his first in the National League. He won one last season with the Chicago White Sox.

On Sunday, Vazquez (13-9) carried a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning before giving up four hits and two runs. He hung on for his 25th career complete game as the Braves finished a three-game sweep of the Central Division-leading Cardinals.

The veteran right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings in a 2-1 win at Houston last Tuesday and also had two hits in the game. His nine strikeouts against the Astros gave him his third consecutive 200-strikeout season and made him the fifth active pitcher with at least five 200-strikeout seasons.