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Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 30 games with infield single

Aug 9, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

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Dan Uggla matched the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier for the longest hitting streak this season by reaching 30 with an infield single in the fifth inning Tuesday against the Marlins.

Shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, who had a 26-game hitting streak snapped at the end of last month, handled the roller, but his throw wasn’t nearly in time to retire Uggla.

The single raised Uggla’s average to .221.  He was at .173 when the streak began.

STATS Inc. pointed out earlier today that the lowest streak-ending batting average for any player with a hitting streak of at least 30 games (since 1918 anyway) was Willy Taveras at .284 in 2006.  Uggla would almost certainly have to overtake Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game streak and keep going well into September if his average is going to climb that high.

  1. crysisorigins - Aug 9, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    He better stop. The Braves were doing fine until he went on this hitting streak.

  2. sknut - Aug 9, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    What a funny game, how many greats haven’t had a 30 game hitting streak and here is a guy who was hitting .173 when his started. Stuff like this is what makes baseball great.

  3. gallaghedj311 - Aug 9, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Good for him. Even as a phillies fan, I’ve always like uggla.

  4. petergammonsdrunknephew - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    One of my favorite parts of that 19 inning game against the Pirates was how Dan Uggla triumphantly raised his average above .200 for the first time this season but saw his average drop back below the Mendoza line by the time the game finally ended. Funny game indeed.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 10, 2011 at 2:30 AM

    And of course the Feesh got pounded down a little deeper into the primordial ooze of the basement, courtesy of the Macondo monsoon season, and the strange attractor retreats to its station just below and behind Venus. If this had been the Cambrian era, life on Earth would have had to wait for some Biblical fairy tale to come true before anything with fins evolved far enough to make it to dry land.

    I don’t know what the Feesh’s BA with RISP is now but I suspect that it is approaching the fractional integers usually reserved for quantum equations in subparticle physics. Dear Buddha, what an awful situational hitting team.

    • Old Gator - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:05 AM

      Ah, the thumbs of creationists. You guys need to trim your cuticles.

  6. marshmallowsnake - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    That was Uggla…I mean ugly.

  7. natstowngreg - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    If you ranked all MLB players on their chances of ever having a 30-game hitting streak, I’d guess Dan Uggla would be in the bottom quarter. Not because he was hitting sub-Mendoza this season, but just because he’s too free a swinger. Yet he’s done it. Congrats to him.

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