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Dan Uggla extends hitting streak to 33 games

Aug 13, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

Dan Uggla AP

The ride continues.

Braves infielder Dan Uggla got right to work Saturday against the Cubs, knocking a single to center field in the bottom of the first inning to extend his major league-best hitting streak to 33 games.

Uggla then homered to lead off the fourth inning before getting hit by a pitch in the sixth.

He flied out to left field in the seventh inning, then drew a walk during a failed rally in the ninth, finishing the evening 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Uggla got off to a rough start with the Braves this year, batting just .185/.257/.365 in 374 plate appearances before the All-Star break. But he’s been scorching hot since mid-July and now boasts a rapidly improving .753 OPS. The 31-year-old has also tallied 27 home runs and 61 RBI for Wild Card-leading Atlanta.

Uggla will try to keep the streak rolling in Sunday’s series finale against Cubs righty Matt Garza.

  1. bigleagues - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    .185 ?!?!? He was down at .170 before he began to bring the ship back on course.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Good for Ug.

    Meanwhile, back in Macondo, word is tonight that Logan Morrison has been optioned to AAA, and Kindly Uncle Wes has been unconditionally released.

    The second move makes sense. If you’ve been watching his non-performance this season, Helms has more forks sticking out of him than Moby Dick has old harpoons.

    The first move is a little more difficult to fathom. True, Morrison has not been playing well for the past month or so. He’s batting .249 with 17 homers, 60 ribbies and a .791 OPS, though his OBP is a pretty poor .321. Even so there are worse stats on this team. You have to figure that he got spanked at least as much for his kvetching about the team and his teammates as for his recent performance. He spoke with reporters after the game and was pretty pissed off – LoMo being LoMo, after all. We shall see how this plays out.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 14, 2011 at 7:53 AM

      Biggest surprise of this post? The fact that Wes Helms was still gainfully employed as a major league baseball player.

  3. Senor Cardgage - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    He flied out to left field in the seventh inning (see v. intr. sense 7). If he really flew out to left field, it would be much bigger news.

    • Drew Silva - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:18 AM

      Good call, thanks.

    • Senor Cardgage - Aug 14, 2011 at 12:19 AM

      Don’t know why the link isn’t working above. I’ll try again. Fly. v. intr. sense 7.

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