Brian McCann and Dan Uggla both hit three-run home runs tonight against the Marlins.
Dan Uggla set a new career season high with 34 home runs and Brian McCann tied his career high of 24.
The Braves won 7-1.
Dan Uggla is not going to break Joe DiMaggio’s record for most consecutive games with a hit. Don’t get me wrong. I’m pulling for him to break the record. Uggla making a run at Joltin’ Joe would be a legendary story, can only mean good things for the Braves, and would cause Yankee fans everywhere to blow a gasket. It’s win-win-win.
The odds are just stacked pretty steep against him. DiMaggio hit in 56 consecutive games. Uggla is at
3031 (he has two hits tonight since I’ve started writing). We really shouldn’t even start having this conversation until he breaks 40 and that hasn’t happened in thirty-three years when Pete Rose climbed to 44 before having an oh-fer game.
So why am I writing about a streak that will almost undoubtedly be a minor footnote in history? Because a person writing about Uggla says he has no business going after the record. From one of the blogs at Grantland:
Dan Uggla’s improbable hit streak now stands at 30 games after the Braves beat the Marlins 4-3 in extra innings. For the second straight game, Uggla’s only hit was an infield single. Tuesday also marked the first time Joe DiMaggio rolled over in his grave, an act he intends to repeat until Uggla is working the checkout at a crappy* Wal-Mart where he belongs. DID YOU HEAR THAT DAN UGGLA? WHERE YOU BELONG.
This is a fantastic take on the streak. Also, fuck that guy at Grantland (and all other haters).
(Image via Centerfield Gate)
No, it’s not baseball, silly, it’s this weird game played by Rico Carty, otherwise known as Beeg Boy. Carty, for those unaware, once hit in 31 straight games, a number just reached by Dan Uggla, when he played for the Braves in 1970. That season, Carty hit…
This week Dan Uggla went home to Florida to do some deep sea fishing.
He swept the Marlins.
Killed this fish with the broom afterward.
Then went 3 for 5 with 2 rbi’s using the broomstick as a bat.
The Bullpen comes up big as Sherrill, Moylan, Venters, and Kimbrel split work over 3 innings to close out the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1.
Atlanta is now 3-1.
Brandon Beachy gave up 2ER, 4H, in 6 innings of work, earning a no decision.
Peter Moylan gets the win.
The Braves overcame a one-run deficit in the 8th with solo shots from Martin Prado and Dan Uggla.
That’s a scrappy win, folks. Let the choppin’ begin!