Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla moved his hitting streak to 30 games on Tuesday, legging out infield single with two outs in the fifth innings versus the Florida Marlins.
Martin Prado homered with one out to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead. After Freddie Freeman grounded out back to pitcher Clay Hensley, Uggla hit a ball deep in the hole between second and third. Shortstop Emilio Bonifacio’s throw to first was delayed and Uggla moved in one game of Atlanta’s all-time record for highest striking streak. The Braves won the game with 4-3 in 11 innings.
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said, “I think the loudest cheer of the night is when he beat out that ball, in our dugout. I think we were all too tired to cheer in the 10th or 11th. When he got that hit the whole dugout erupted.”
Uggla, who has the greatest active hit streak in the majors, tied the highest for the season in the majors, first set by Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder.
The 30-game run as well moved Uggla past Rowland Office (1976) into second place on all-time record of Atlanta, with just Rico Carty in 1970 standing in the way at 31 games. Tommy Holmes has the highest striking streak in Braves history with a 37 games stretch in 1945 when the franchise was situated in Boston.
This season, in spite of his streak, Uggla is batting just .220.