Dan Uggla is only halfway to Joe DiMaggio‘s record, but the Atlanta Braves second baseman is injecting plenty of drama into a hitting streak that has reached 28 games. Uggla extended the streak Sunday with an eighth-inning single vs. New York Mets reliever Bobby Parnell in a 6-5 win. It was the 20th time during the streak Uggla has had only one hit and the fourth time he has done it in his last plate appearance. “Getting a hit in that last AB was pretty cool,” Uggla told news reporters, insisting he was more concerned about getting the victory in a game that wasn’t decided untilChipper Jones‘ run-scoring single in the ninth. “It’s kind of crazy to do something like this, and you’re only halfway (to DiMaggio’s record 56 games).” The victory pulled the Braves to within 8½ games of the National League East-leading Philadelphia Phillies, the first time they’ve gained ground in 12 days. Atlanta, with the NL’s second-best record, is further from first than any other second-place team in the majors. The Braves were 2½ games out July 19. The larger concern is holding on to the wild-card lead of 3½ games on theArizona Diamondbacks. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman — and his 20-game hit streak — were left on deck after the Braves scored the winning run. Freeman was 0-for-4 with a walk. Atlanta was the first team to have concurrent streaks of at least 20 games since Mickey Rivers and Al Oliver of the 1980 Texas Rangers.
Dan Uggla extends streak to 28 games with late hitsingle news By:FABOBOSS
August 8, 20114:40 am
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