Friday, August 12, 2011

32 down, 24 to go

Dan Uggla was at it again tonight. Against his past nemesis Carlos Zambrano, off whom he'd gotten just one hit in nine previous at bats, Uggla led off the bottom of the 2nd inning with his 25th home run of the season extending his hitting streak to 32 games. That tied Hal Morris (1996, Reds) and Harry Heilmann (1922, Tigers) for the 23rd longest hitting streak in Major League history. Uggla wasn't done there though. After getting hit by a pitch in the third inning, Uggla got to Zambrano again for his second home run of the game in the 5th. He'd add a single off reliever John Grabow in the 7th inning too. Final line, 3/3 with 3 runs scored and a pair of runs batted in. Uggla is now hitting a whopping .229 on the year but he raised his average during the streak to .370 (47/127). More importantly for the Braves, they won their 5th game in a row and for the 7th time in their last 8. Despite trailing the NL East leading Phillies by 7.5 games right now, they have a comfortable 6 game lead in the Wild Card race.
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Next up for Uggla? Another night game against the Cubs tomorrow. 28 year old right-hander Randy Wells (3-4, 6.05 ERA) has the ball for the Chicago. Uggla has faced him twice, but he does have a hit against him. Opposing hitters are batting .300 against Wells in 77 innings this year so you have to like Uggla's chances for extending the streak to 33.

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