Apparently after four days of the hitter-friendly conditions at Coors Field, the Braves picked up a thing or two on their way to Cincinnati: No matter what happens just keep swinging. Even when back-to-back home runs against the Reds weren't enough to give the Braves a lasting lead at the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark on Friday night, the Braves just kept slugging. In a game in which the two teams combined for seven home runs, the Braves' Dan Uggla had the last word, and the last home run — a pinch-hit two-run shot for the winning blow in a 6-4 win. "Obviously best-case scenario," said Uggla, who hadn't played since Wednesday because of a sore left calf. The Braves' ailing second baseman came off the bench in the ninth with the go-ahead run at second base and two outs. His two-run shot to center simply assured he could trot around the bases. With the swing off Nick Masset, Uggla extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with not only the first pinch-hit homer of his career, but the first pinch hit. He had been 0-for-4 as a pinch hitter. He extended his streak on a night when manager Fredi Gonzalez was very guarded about how he would use Uggla off the bench. "He told me yesterday he didn't want to use me unless he absolutely had to, but I'm like 'I'm fine,'" Uggla said Friday night. "I can control it. I'm not going to try and overdo. If I hit a ground ball, I'm out. Whatever. But if there's a chance for me to drive somebody in in that kind of situation, give me the chance."
Uggla's pinch-hit homer lifts Braves over Reds
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jul 23