The last time the Marlins faced their former slugger Dan Uggla, he hit a pair of three-run homers for the Braves' winning RBIs in consecutive games July 29-30 at Turner Field, in the 19th and 20th games of his hitting streak. He's back to face them in South Florida now, still streaking, this Popeye-armed second baseman who was the coldest hitter in the National League before he became the hottest. His hitting streak is at 28 games entering tonight's series opener against the Marlins and 21-year-old Brad Hand. This is the same kid lefty who, in his June 7 major league debut, held the Braves to one hit — an Alex Gonzalez homer that was all the offense in a 1-0 win for Tommy Hanson, who got the usual three scoreless innings from O'Ventbrel that night. Uggla, batting sixth that June night against Hand, only had three plate appearances and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping his batting average to .170. His hitting streak would start a month later on July 5, and it's interesting to note that only once during his past 28 games has Uggla had fewer than four plate appearances, and that was when he hit a pinch-hit homer to beat Cincinnati on July 22. He's not hit sixth for a while, either. Freddie Freeman, whose own 20-game hitting streak was snapped Sunday at New York, and Uggla have inched their way up to the third and fourth spots in the order while Brian McCann's on the DL. Chipper Jones, just back from a quad-muscle injury, hit fifth in his first start back in the lineup at New York and is hitting fifth again tonight.
Against his old team, Uggla could take streak to big marks
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Aug 9