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Dan Uggla's hitting streak snapped at 33

Posted on: August 14, 2011 5:19 pm
 
UgglaBy Evan Brunell

Dan Uggla's 33-game hitting streak has come to an end, leaving him tied for the 18th longest hitting streak in history and the fourth-longest since 1987. The right-hander also holds the fourth best hitting streak right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio's historic 56-game hitting streak, behind Dom DiMaggio (34 games), Paul Molitor (39) and Benito Santiago (34).

Unfortunately for the Brave, he could not solve Matt Garza or Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs, although he did contribute a sacrifice fly in the first inning in a 6-5 losing effort. Uggla was left in the hole with Brain McCann on deck when Martin Prado registered the final out of the game. The 31-year-old also fouled to first base, popped to second and grounded to shortstop.

Prior to the hitting streak, Uggla was rivaling Adam Dunn as the biggest bust of the season for a new team. Uggla, who was acquired from the Marlins in an offseason trade, entered July 5 with a dispiriting .173/.241/.327 line in 348 plate appearances, displaying none of the skills that had made him one of the game's best second basemen since being plucked by Florida in the 2006 Rule 5 draft.

The hitting streak, however, saw Uggla hit at a .377/.438/.762 clip, including eight hits in his last three games, to push his season line to .232/.300/.453. While the batting average is still a ways away from his high-water mark of .287 set in 2010 or his career .259 figure, Uggla's power has vaulted him to 27 home runs and appears a virtual lock to register his fifth straight season of at least 30 blasts.

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