His hitting streak ended more than a week ago, but Dan Uggla's bat hasn't cooled. Uggla hit his 30th home run to extend his own long-ball record and help the Braves and Jair Jurrjens beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Monday night in a series opener at Wrigley Field. Uggla made this his fifth season with at least 30 homers, two more seasons than any other second baseman in major league history. His first four came with the Florida Marlins. "It's kind of crazy. Who'd have thought, right?" Uggla said of his fraternity of one second baseman with that many 30-homer seasons. "It's the fastest I've ever gotten to 30. But I've been saying all year long, that's why you play the full season. That's why you keep working, stay positive, because you never know what can happen." Uggla was hitting a National League-worst .173 on July 4 before reeling off an Atlanta Braves-record 33-game hitting streak. The streak ended Aug. 14 against the Cubs when second baseman Darwin Barney made a diving catch on Uggla's bloop near the right-field line.
Braves beat Cubs 3-0; Uggla clubs 30th homer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Aug 23