Uggla Attempts to Make Braves History

Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is one game shy of the team’s consecutive hit record.

Ed Millerby Ed Miller

Not all 30 hits have been pretty for Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla but there are no style points in baseball and now he is just one hit shy of tying the team’s longest consecutive hit streak. 

Uggla extended his hitting streak to 30 games Tuesday night, thanks to an infield single during thr fifth inning of a 4-3 win over the Florida Marlins in 11 innings.  In the first two games of the series against his former team, Uggla went 2-for-9, with both of his hits coming on infield singles.  During his current streak he has had nine infield singles, despite totaling just nine in his last 86 games.  Uggla and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Either now share the longest hitting streaks in the majors this season.

As he gets ready for the final game of the series tonight, Uggla will attempt to make history – Atlanta Braves history.  A hit tonight would tie Uggla with former Braves left fielder Rico Carty – who compiled 31 during the 1970 season – for the longest streak since the Braves moved to Atlanta. 

"I think the loudest cheer of the night was when [Uggla] beat out that ball," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said.

Uggla has improved his batting average from .173 to .220 during the streak and his numbers are among the best in the league in the last month.  He has hit .345 with 12 homers since the streak began on July 5.  If he gets a hit tonight, he will be the 17th player since 1941 to put together a 31-game hitting streak.  Since Joe DiMaggio set the record at 56 almost 70 years ago, nearly half of the streaks have ended at the 30 game mark.

Meanwhile, the Braves have struggled to stay above mediocrity, with a 17-13 record since Uggla’s streak began but the team has won five of its last six.

Photo courtesy of The Associated Press.