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Dan Uggla’s hitting streak ends at 33 games

Aug 14, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

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Braves slugger Dan Uggla snapped his 33-game hitting streak Sunday in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs.

The second baseman plated Michael Bourn with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning, fouled out to first base in the third inning, was robbed of a bloop single by Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney in the fifth, then grounded out in his final at-bat to end the seventh. It was as an 0-for-3 day.

Uggla’s historical streak began on July 5 and boosted his batting line from .178/.250/.344 to .231/.297/.450. He had 15 homers, five doubles and 32 RBI in the five-week span, and the Braves as a team went 19-15, maintaining a healthy lead in the NL Wild Card.

The 33-game hitting streak set a Braves record and ends as the 19th-longest in major league history.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Aug 14, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Well, I’m glad this charade is over. A .230 hitter wasn’t going to break the 56 game hitting streak, was he?

    • bleedgreen - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      That was kind of my feeling on it. What else does it say that he’s got a 33 game hitting streak and his cumulative BA is still only 230?

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:08 PM

        It’s says “an enigma”. That’s about it. I never saw anything like it in all my years of watching baseball.

      • loungefly74 - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        First off, congrats to Uggla as hitting streaks are very fun to keep track of…now it might be blasphemy to say, but i think hitting streaks are extremely overrated. actually, the most overrated stat in baseball…but they are fun to watch!

    • okobojicat - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:12 PM

      Considering he’s a career .260 hitter entering this year, it was slim. But hit streaks are a combo of being hot and getting really lucky.

      See Posnanski:

      Dimaggio got insanely lucky, and during his hit streak, he was pretty much garbage compared to what Teddy Ballgame did those same games.

  2. bleedgreen - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    I like Dan Uggla. Its too bad he’s a Brave, so I can’t really root for him, but he seems like a good guy.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM

      Agree. He is a good guy from what I hear. I congratulate him on his 33 game hitting streak.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      I think his girlfriend lives in Manayunk or Roxborough

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:09 PM

        No seriously. As of the end of last season, his girlfriend lived in one of those greater Philadelphia towns.

  3. bravemarco87 - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Just glad it’s over and we can stop mentioning a decent player in the same sentence as a legendary player.

  4. mvpolamalu - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    If he made it to 56 it would have been on september 6. That is the same day of joe dimmagios

    • Kevin S. - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:59 PM

      DiMaggio’s streak was broken on July 17th.

  5. goawaydog - Aug 14, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    I heard a stat on the radio and wish I could find it again online but Uggla hit about 50 or 60 points lower than the last lowest ERA for a 30+ consecutive games hitting streak . Might have been Benito Santiago at .290

  6. macjacmccoy - Aug 14, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    What a Bum

  7. stinkfingers - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Congrats on a hell of a run Dan. It was fun to watch.

  8. FC - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    It’s ability in combo with a lot of luck. Average doesn’t tell me much: consider, for 60 games you might have 5 at bats per game. Just have one hit per game for 60 games…voila! 60 game hitting streak with a .200 average!

    • bleedgreen - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:01 PM

      He was frequently going 2-3 and 2-4 or better though.

  9. dennis928 - Aug 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    He had a nice hitting streak going

  10. drunkenhooliganism - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    I have never heard a story about Joe Dimaggio being anything but a complete a-hole to people. so I really was rooting for his streak to be broken by .230 hitting Dan Uggla.

  11. caland13 - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    He also tied the record for most home runs hit during any streak, in history, with 15. Pretty impressive, even if his season BA isn’t. Good work, Dan. That was fun to watch.

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