Uggla ties longest hit streak in Braves history
By Sports Network
MIAMI - Braves second baseman Dan Uggla tied the longest hitting streak in Atlanta history, extending his stretch to 31 games with a two-run single in the first inning of Wednesday's 6-2 win against the Florida Marlins.
Michael Bourn and Martin Prado singled to start the game against Anibal Sanchez. Eric Hinske grounded out to put two in scoring position, and Uggla lined a first offering up the middle.
The 31-game run moved Uggla into a tie with Rico Carty (1970) for longest hitting streak in Atlanta history. Tommy Holmes has the longest hitting streak in Braves annals with a 37-game stretch in 1945 when the franchise was located in Boston.
Uggla now has the longest hitting streak in the majors this season, eclipsing the 30-gamer by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier.
"It's a cool thing," Uggla said. "This is an awesome organization and to have some kind of record...it's real special."
Uggla, who also singled in the second and ninth innings, is batting just .224 this season. During the streak, which dates to July 5, he's hitting .355 with 29 RBI.
The next stop for the Braves and Uggla will be back home for a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs, starting Friday night. Carlos Zambrano is set to pitch for the Cubs, and Uggla is 1-for-9 lifetime against him with five strikeouts.
Uggla has the longest single-season hitting streak in the majors since 2006 when Phillies second baseman Chase Utley had a 35-gamer. Luis Castillo hit in 35 straight games for the Marlins in 2002. Those are tied for the longest by a second baseman in big league history.